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27kg of cocaine found in French military official’s bag

CAYENNE: Some 27 kilogrammes of cocaine have been discovered in the suitcase of a French military officer as he tried to board a plane in French Guyana, the local prosecutor’s office said.

The drugs were found during a customs check Friday at Felix Eboue de Matoury airport near Cayenne, the capital of the French overseas department on the northeast coast of South Ameri.

They were discovered in the bag of a passenger who was intending to board a military plane to Paris, the Cayenne prosecutor’s office told AFP on Saturday.

The passenger was “a military official in his forties”, assistant prosecutor Isabelle Arnal told AFP, confirming a local media report.

The official, who was taken into custody, was planning to board a plane which “transports army personnel”, she added. -AFP

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