Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
 
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 10/17 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 10/16 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 10/15 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
France

Paris police officer arrested over missing cocaine

media Paris's police headquarters located at 36, quai des Orfèvres. wikipedia

A French narcotics police officer has been suspended after being arrested on Saturday on suspicion of stealing some 52 kg of seized cocaine from a locked room in Paris's police headquarters.

"I immediately decided, as a precaution, to suspend the police sergeant, "said French Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve. “If the investigation confirms his involvement, and as soon as I know the outcome, I will take all necessary provisions."

The officer, whose name has not been disclosed, is believed to have made off with up to three million euros worth of illegal street drugs seized during a Paris raid in early July.

Security camera footage revealed a man in his 30s entering the headquarters with two bags during the night of the 24 to 25 July, according to a joint statement from police and prosecutors.

Other officers helped identify the man as a member of the anti-drugs unit.

The BBC reported that only three high officials had keys to the locked room.

Officials said the drugs were being held in evidence bags and were found missing last Thursday.

The officer was arrested while vacationing near the Spanish border.

This is latest scandal to emerge from Paris’ police headquarters located on the bank of the Seine River and near the famed Notre Dame cathedral.

In April, two high-ranking officials were charged with raping a Canadian tourist.
 

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.