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Sniffing in the snow

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The use of cannabis and cocaine on and around the French ski slopes worries.‘Sometimes there is more powder on the table than on the piste.’

Around the ski slopes of Auron in the South of France were suspected of drug trafficking. The police took no risk and put there last winter for a team. Chalets and nightclubs were monitored. Dealers …

Around the ski slopes of Auron in the South of France were suspected of drug trafficking. The police took no risk and put there last winter for a team. Chalets and nightclubs were monitored. Dealers and users were agents followed. After a few months of research was the touch. During searches are weed, cocaine and a shotgun found. Two drug dealers were arrested, one was immediately brought up.

Around the same time, by the ski slopes of Val d’isère, in the French Alps, a 31-year-old dealer held. He ran against the lamp when he with cocaine in his car was on its way to the snow. “He had no work, lived from the drug trade and sold the cocaine in nightclubs around the ski slopes,” wrote the local press.

The French authorities are worried about the increasing use of drugs in and around the ski slopes. There is talk about ‘white mountains’, but not only to to drop. Cokegebruikers around the piste are already ‘sneeuwsnuivers’. “In our ski resorts is more sniffed than just fresh air’, according to the French press.

“It is a problem, and we do everything to against to act,” says the police in Tignes, one of the most popular French ski resorts. Agents check more often, justice acts to play a more active and caregivers to keep users better in the holes. Foreign tourists are not spared. “People are immediately to the right are brought up, we share the fines and the drugs themselves will be destroyed’, said prosecutor Anne Gache Albertville, last weekend in the newspaper Libération.

There is chosen for a tit-for-stukbeleid to prevent foreign tourists narcotic drugs to take or use and then leave again. “We have a lot of foreigners. We pack them on the spot immediately. Then we don’t need (after investigation, red.) to search in the countries where they come from, such as Belgium, ” says Gache.

The French customs authorities hold foreign skiers extra in the holes. On highways and at border crossings, there are controls. ‘We don’t own the ring, where the drugs are often for three times its resold. We don’t want to occur before the drugs end up here’, said a spokesman.

Slalom with ecstasy

In the French Alps was in the season 2015-2016 almost 500 kilos, to weed, cocaine and ecstasy on the roads intercepted, it is evident from the douanecijfers. ‘Slalom with ecstasy’ was the trend in Libération already been baptized. Most of the ‘trade’ comes from the Netherlands and Spain.

Local governments and emergency responders act. In Tignes to get foreign tour operators recently, information materials were distributed. “We patrol today, every night,” says a politiewoordvoerder. ‘To young audiences, we share ID-cards: they can be their name and place to write. If we take them at night find on the street, felled by drugs or alcohol, we bring them to that address.’

The auxiliaries Le Pélican is available in eight ski resorts in the Alps, where they are under more flyers to hand out with the message: ‘The use, purchase, offer, or possess marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy is prohibited and can get you 1 year cell yield or a fine of 3,750 euros.’ The leaflets are also emergency numbers and tips (in French and in English) about what you should do if someone is having a ‘bad trip’. “We want to avoid accidents. We want all of the holidaymakers, it is safe to go home and that the image of the ski resorts remain good, ” says Brigitte Hug of Le Pélican.

In Courchevel caused two men that cocaine had used, a serious traffic accident with their car: the one died, the other injured. It came to a trial, and it appeared that the accident is not, in itself was. “Sometimes there is more powder on the table than on the slopes,” said justice during the case.

In Val Thorens was last season, a network of 16 wietdealers rolled up and were in five months time 118 arrests made. In Tignes the year before a recordvangst done: a British dealer was arrested and there were more than 3,000 bags of ecstasy, 4 pounds of marijuana and 350 grams of cocaine were seized.

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