Hérault: a cannabis plantation, weapons, cryptocurrency, the traffic was organized from a shed in Cournonterral

Extensive dragnet of the units of the gendarmerie company of Castelnau le Lez Monday, May 16, two couples of suspects arrested in Cournonterral. €150,000 of narcotics seized.

Picked in full harvest. Two couples were arrested Monday, May 16 in Cournonterral, suspected of leading a major drug trafficking from a hangar in the town.

In early 2022, investigators from the Castelnau-le-Lez research brigade opened an investigation into indoor cannabis cultivation in Cournonterral. their meticulous investigations made it possible to precisely locate the premises in question and to identify four suspects, or rather two couples. The judicial operation was launched on May 16 and all the units of the Castelnau-le-Lez company were immediately engaged. The four suspects were arrested on the spot in the middle of harvesting action by the Surveillance and Intervention Platoon of the Castelnau-le-Lez gendarmerie.

Thousands of euros in goods, cash and equipment seized

The search carried out will make it possible to discover 435 cannabis plants, i.e. the production of 28kg of cannabis buds from the cut, 12kg of cannabis buds being dried as well as 74g of cannabis powder for a total value estimated at more than 150 000€. In addition, the investigators seized €12,000 in the form of cryptocurrency, more than €5,000 in cash and €10,000 in cannabis cultivation equipment. Two weapons of category B as well as a vehicle stolen and “made up” were also recovered.

At the end of their police custody, two of the four accused were placed in pre-trial detention. The other two under judicial control awaiting their judgment.

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