Members of Spanish Dakar team arrested after cocaine found hidden in truck
Two members of the Spanish Epsilon Team were arrested last week after police found cocaine hidden inside one of the trucks as it returned from the all-terrain race held last month in South America.
The cocaine was wrapped tightly in plastic and placed inside the large radial tyres in one of the trucks that was used for logistical purposes at the Dakar Rally, which this year passed through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. The team offers assistance to drivers and technical advice to drivers competing in the Dakar Rally.
The 8x8 all-terrain vehicle had arrived at the northern French port of Le Havre from Valparaiso, Chile. Hours later, three Spaniards and two Bulgarians, the alleged ringleaders of the drug gang, were arrested. According to officials in Paris, the seizure of 1393 kg of cocaine is one of the largest finds of the drug in recent years. Anti-drug officials in France believe that the cocaine came from supplies in Bolivia and Colombia.