Paris drug squad officer arrested over 50kg of missing cocaine owns 7 flats

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 August, 2014, 10:28pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 August, 2014, 12:44am


French detectives are investigating the lifestyle of a drug squad officer arrested on suspicion of stealing more than 50kg of cocaine from the Paris police headquarters.

The 34-year-old officer, identified as Jonathan G, was picked up while on holiday in the southern city of Perpignan, near the Spanish border. Nearly €20,000 (HK$200,000) was seized from him.

He was arrested while shopping with his wife and daughter.

The officer continues to deny the accusations and said the money came from online gaming. The drugs are still missing.

In addition to the €20,000, police also found several telephones and computers during their searches.

It emerged on Sunday that the officer and his wife own seven flats in Perpignan, where he was brought up. Those properties, as well as his Paris home, were searched by police who seized his mobile phones and computer. Detectives are now going through his bank records.

The estimated street value of the 52.6kg of cocaine, which was seized in a raid in northern Paris early last month, was €2 million.

The officer was caught on surveillance video leaving the headquarters near the Notre Dame Cathedral on the night of the theft with two bulging bags.

Police also questioned a number of other officers over the case.

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse