Still, six yet-unnamed suspects were taken into custody by French authorities. Meanwhile, another cocaine investigation was wrapping up on the ground. Cops seized another 881 pounds of cocaine from a truck bound for Luxembourg. There is reportedly a connection between the two cases, but few details were released this weekend. Police believe they have thwarted a massive drug smuggling ring , BBC reports. It was the biggest drug haul ever made in the Paris area, Manuel Valls, France’s Interior minister, told the network. Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Christie Harris This Oklahoma woman was sentenced to 25 years after smuggling not only meth in her butt, but also a gun in her vagina. Read the whole story here. Alexis Clancy This Florida woman was allegedly caught with a hypodermic needle stowed away in her anus. Read the whole story here. Cocaine Diapers Priscilla Pena and Michelle Blassingale were arrested at JFK Airport after arriving from the Dominican Republic in late January. Drug-sniffing dogs allegedly detected something. Authorities said Pena had seven kilos of cocaine in silver plastic, wrapped around her butt like a disposable diaper.
Record 1.3 tonne cocaine haul found on Air France flight
France did it with a lineup that should look pretty familiar to Spurs fans Parker, Boris Diaw , and Nando De Colo . But it was another NBA player who key on Sunday in Slovenia. Portlands Nicolas Batum took control in the second quarter when France pulled away with an 18-3 run that led to a 31-12 quarter for France. Batum hit a few threes and finished with a team high 17 points on the night, plus six boards. Lithuania led by three after one quarter mostly thanks to Linas Kleiza but after the run they were down 16 at the half and the entire second half felt was like a coronation for France. The outcome was never really in doubt those final 20 minutes. For past couple weeks of the European championships Parker has been the best player on the court, but in the championship game he was a cold (4-of-14 to start, he hit 2 of his last 3 and finished with 12 points). But the win is all he will care about Parker has been incredibly loyal to the French national team for years and has said a European championship was something he really wanted on his resume. Now he has it. The Raptors Jonas Valanciunas had looked strong through the tournament but he played just 11 minutes in the finals and had no points and three rebounds. He had some foul trouble but not going to him more was an odd coaching choice. Diaw added 15 points and six boards for France. Kleiza had 20 points to lead Lithuania.
Behind Parker and Batum, France cruises to first European championship
The suitcases were registered under false names that did not correspond to passengers on the flight to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, police sources told Reuters on Sunday. Air France said it was still trying to find out how the drugs were smuggled on board. “Pending the results of these investigations, immediate measures have been taken to enhance our checks of baggage and goods on departure from certain sensitive destinations,” the airline said in a statement. Government officials said the drugs were found at Charles de Gaulle earlier this month but only released details of the raid over the weekend. They did not give a precise date. France’s interior minister Manuel Valls said the 1.3 tonnes of cocaine had a wholesale value of 50 million euros, while police and legal sources said the street value of the drug could be as much as 200 million euros. “This marks the biggest seizure of cocaine ever made in mainland France as part of a judicial investigation,” Valls told reporters on Saturday. At least six people of several European nationalities were being held in relation to the case, the police sources said, declining to give further details. The public prosecutor’s office in Caracas said it was also investigating the case. The seizure was the result of cooperation between security forces in France, the Netherlands, Spain and Britain, Valls said. ($1 = 0.7402 euros) (Reporting by Gus Trompiz, Jean-Baptiste Vey and Nicolas Bertin; Additional reporting by Brian Ellsworth in Caracas; Editing by Andrew Heavens)