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French minister calls for drug squad audit over stolen cocaine

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. REUTERS/Benoît Tessier

France’s Interior Minister called on Monday for an audit of the French drug squad after a police officer allegedly bagged 52 kilos of cocaine at the end of July.

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Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) – a so-called police of the police – will investigate the workings of France’s anti-narcotic bureau.

“The police have to be as irreproachable as it is efficient,” Cazeneuve said in an interview with the French newspaper Le Parisien.

Cazeneuve added that police methods for holding the drugs need to be changed.

For example, in some cases, only samples could be conserved while the rest could be destroyed.

He also wants to modify access to the rooms where evidence bags – such as those containing drugs – are held.

The cocaine was stolen on the night of 24 to 25 July from a room in which only three people had keys.

Cazeneuve immediately reacted to the arrest on Saturday of narcotics officer Jonathan G., 34, on suspicion of stealing the cocaine cache.

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