The former head of France’s anti-drug agency OCRTIS has been accused of involvement with marijuana traffickers, according to the French newspaper Libération. OCRTIS is charged with directing police and customs.
François Thierry is accused of having let tens of tons of cannabis enter France over the past few years.
He is also accused of having recruited some of the biggest European traffickers for his efforts.
François Thierry has been the face of France’s drug war for the past six years, and regularly posed for photos with the largest seizures. He was known for his professionalism and poise, and was until now well-respected.
His involvement first came to the attention of French officials when customs intercepted 7.1 metric tonnes of cannabis in three trucks – a record for the French government. François Hollande, the French prime minister, made a personal visit to congratulate customs on the “fatal blow” to traffickers.
But an invoice in the truck, combined with DNA evidence, allowed the police to track down Sofiane Hambli, a well-known marijuana trafficker. Hambli was living in a 300 m2 penthouse in an apartment with an indoor pool. He paid 9000 Euro in rent per month in cash.
Hambli was listed as an informant for