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French customs find record 51kg of crystal meth at Paris airport

Pure shards of methamphetamine hydrochloride, also known as crystal meth
Pure shards of methamphetamine hydrochloride, also known as crystal meth Opan access/Radspunk

French customs on Friday announced the seizure of a record 51 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in a shipment of breakfast cereal.

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According to a customs statement, customs officers at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport checking cartons containing bags of cereal en route from Cameroon to Malaysia on Tuesday night found them to be "unusually heavy".

They found the crystalline drug, a strong stimulant, in 40 of 70 bags.

"The merchandise is estimated to be worth 3.8 million euros on the illegal retail market," the statement said.

Long popular in poorer Asian countries, especially among those who work long hours, methamphetamine now seems to be finding new markets in richer states such as South Korea and Singapore as well as Malaysia.

- with AFP

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