Always on his way to supply dealers in Île-de-France and the provinces, he is suspected of being a driver of “parking lot dealers”. 31-year-old Sofian was detained behind bars by the Versailles Investigation Chamber (Yvelines) on January 10. This opportunistic petty criminal from Essonne is the latest suspect in a gang charged on October 31, 2022 in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) for his involvement in this extensive heroin and cocaine trade.
“I’m not going to do drugs at the age of my bachelor’s degree. If I had known, I would never have supported my family with dirty money. Besides, I’ve always worked for a living,” assures this man who tries to present himself as a victim.
His lawyer believes that he is “just an additional piece” in this story. “He admitted that he made several trips and explained his advice. My client was a paramedic and worked in the kitchen. Then he tried to implement a real estate project in Spain, but it didn’t work out. To top it off, he was moonlighting in Spain, not realizing what it was when he got the chance to drive for these two traffickers. »
Nurses’ cars are parked in public parking lots
This story begins on December 20, 2020, when a woman renting her apartment on Leboncoin.fr in Asnières-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine) alerted the police after her tenants left the building in a hurry, leaving 830 grams of cocaine. , 16 grams of heroin, a stun gun and a mobile phone.
To make it easier for the police, Ismaella gave him her real identity to sign the lease. Investigators from the department’s forensic police service (SDPJ92) identify members of this team from Paris, Alfortville, Vitry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne) and Rouen (Seine-Maritime).
They do phone research, put beacons on cars, and don’t count hours of surveillance before they understand how the system works. Traffic supplies retailers in the Paris region, as well as Savoie in the west, south and southwest of France.
Criminals stay temporarily in hotels or rentals and stash drugs in “nurse cars” parked in public parking lots. These cars are rented or modified to avoid detection, and they are all equipped with caches placed in the doors to discreetly deliver their customers.
“Sekou” and Fatima, the spouses at the head of the network?
On May 6, 2021, three men were arrested in two hotel rooms in Issy-les-Moulineaux. The police discovered two Renault Scénics parked in the parking lot and found ten kilos of heroin, two kilos of cocaine and more than 14,000 euros. But the tenant of the Asnières apartment escapes. Three suspects deny their involvement in this traffic. One of them argues before the investigating judge that his trips are related to the purchase and resale of vehicles.
The continuation of the investigation allows the identification of another network leader. A certain “Sekou” has already been convicted with his wife Fatima for extensive drug trafficking in the Seine-Maritime. This young woman is under judicial custody in Rwanda, but she often visits Spain.
She goes to Madrid to give birth to a child in vitro, also in a villa on the side of Alicante, where her husband lives with his partners. In June 2022, the Ile-de-France police, with the support of their colleagues in the central direction of the judicial police, tricked these traffickers who crossed the North to buy food in the Netherlands or Belgium before securing their delivery.
Mercedes class S, Audi RS3, Fiat 500…
On 12 and 13 September 2022, two new “nurses cars” were seen at the Porte de Champeret (17th century) and in nearby suburban car parks. Officials sniffed them out with drug-fighting dogs and found more than 20 kg of white powder inside. Four days later, the two main suspects were arrested in Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) in a car by BRI men from Bayonne en route to the Iberian Peninsula. The police get 6800 euros. Fatima is arrested at her parents’ house in Normandy.
The traffickers are in complete denial. “Sekou” adds that his wife has nothing to do with it. This 34-year-old woman, who already has six criminal records, is suspected of participating in the group’s criminal activities by providing logistical support: the supply of rental cars they use for their travels.
We are talking about Mercedes class S, Audi RS3 and Fiat 500. Research allows us to establish a connection with another procedure opened in Pontoise (Val-d’Oise). This intermediary assures that he has provided him with “nanny cars” and contacted buyers. He would receive 65,000 euros for his services.
These two presented themselves as business leaders
On October 17, 2022, it was the seventh suspect who was discovered thanks to the tollgate and presented himself at the police station to give an explanation. Sofiane confirms that he lives in Alicante and that he has agreed to drive two traffic managers between different points in Spain and France.
The 30-year-old claims he is innocent and that the two posed as business leaders who met in Spain. He admitted that he learned later that he was carrying drugs. Law enforcement found driving directions, passbooks and a video of cash on his phone, suggesting he was nothing more than a driver.
The Attorney General notes that “the file identifies ten routes to secure contract points. This is a particularly well-organized large-scale transport. Its motivation is obvious, dirty and easy money.”