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Soldier stopped with 27 kilos of cocaine at French Guiana airport

media Cocaine seized in Peru - French Guiana is a transit point for drugs being smuggled to Europe from Latin America Reuters/Peruvian Presidential Palace

A French soldier has been arrested with 27 kilos of cocaine in his bags at the airport in Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana.

The man in his 40s was detained as he was about to board a military transport plane bound for Paris's Charles De Gaulle airport, Cayenne's deputy public prosecutor Isabelle Arnal said on Friday evening.

He had 27 kilos of cocaine in his baggage, by far the largest amount seized this year in Cayenne, which serves a transit point for drugs from Latin America heading for Europe via Paris, according to Guyane 1ere TV, which broke the story.

Local police in the French West Indies will work with air traffic police and the national anti-narcotics force, which does not yet have an office in Guiana, according to Arnel.

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