While more and more geographic locations are legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis in the world, bud is still largely illegal in most places. Somebody in Paris is out of a lot of weed, and smokers may experience a drought after the biggest seizure of cheeba “in a long time” according to French President Francois Hollande. In the wee hours of Sunday morning, French authorities seized 7.1 metric tons of cannabis. To put that in perspective, one metric tonne is equal to about 15,652 pounds.
The seizure came after a week-long investigation carried out by the National Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigations (DNRED). According to Yahoo! News:
“The drugs were found in empty vehicles, parked on a boulevard, that were obviously being used as temporary and mobile storage places,” Finance Minister Michel Sapin said in a statement.
The cannabis was found in big bags in the trunks of the vans in Paris’s posh 16th district, and altogether, the total value of the 7.1 tonnes seized is thought to be at least 15 million euros ($17 million).
The weed seized reportedly came from Morocco, and is believed to have been transported through Spain. There have been no arrests as of yet, but authorities allegedly have found DNA and fingerprints on the scene and will be using them to pursue the suspected smugglers.
Weed is the drug of choice among Europe’s drug users. This is especially true in France, where the demand for cannabis stands at around 300 metric tons per year. 60% of Europe’s drug offenses are linked to cannabis consumption or possession.