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French police seize large amount of cocaine from luxury apartment

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • 111 kilograms of the drug was found early Saturday
  • Four people have been detained
  • The apartment belongs to a Saudi family, though police believe they are not involved
  • The suspects apparently illicitly obtained a key to the apartment

Paris, France (CNN) -- French police seized 111 kilograms of cocaine -- worth about $9.3 million -- from a luxury apartment on the outskirts of Paris on Saturday.

Four people were detained in the incident -- two French, one Iranian and one Venezuelan, police told CNN affiliate BFM-TV.

Paris Judiciary Police Director Christian Flaesch called the location of such a large seizure unusual.

"It's rare, indeed, to find this in an apartment," he said. "It's usually in a warehouse or boats but not in apartments. You obviously need an important network to bring such a quantity to France and to have the capacity to distribute it after that."

Video of the apartment in Neuilly-sur-Seine showed the cocaine packaged in dozens of clear plastic bags lying inside several suitcases.

The apartment belongs to a Saudi family, according to BFM-TV, and police believe the suspects illicitly obtained a key to use the space as a safe house or distribution point.

There is no indication the Saudi family was aware of the operation, police told BFM-TV.

"We are extremely satisfied," Flaesch said. "This represents considerable work for the police officers of the anti-narcotic brigade and the result is here with 111 kilos of cocaine, a cash amount, luxury items, clothes and an investigation which started several weeks ago with the central direction of the judiciary police."

CNN's Pierre Meilhan and Brian Walker contributed to this report.