Funny find. Drôme customs officers seized 27 kilos of cannabis herb and resin in a hearse from Spain, we learned Friday from concordant sources, confirming information from the regional daily Le Dauphiné Libéré.
Positioned for random checks at the Chatuzange-le-Goubet (Drôme) toll booth on the A49 towards Grenoble, customs officers stopped late Tuesday afternoon a funeral vehicle registered in Spain.
“The Mercedes-type vehicle had a used appearance, displayed the sign of a funeral company but did not carry any coffin,” said a spokesperson for customs officials.
14 hidden weed bags
On board, the driver, a 35-year-old Moldovan, explained that he was driving to his country to visit his family. During the search at the tollgate, customs officers found a first bag of grass at the back of the hearse. To continue the investigations, the vehicle was then taken to the Romans-sur-Isère brigade.
At the end of a “dismantling of the floor and a thorough search”, the customs officers discovered 14 bags of weed and cannabis resin hidden under a trap door.
According to investigators, the passenger of the vehicle, a young Romanian of 20, admitted to transporting narcotics, being paid 300 euros per kilo conveyed. He and the driver were to be presented to the Valencia Criminal Court on Friday afternoon for their immediate appearance.
The case is reminiscent of another, which occurred in June 2020 in the Doubs where 65 kilos of cannabis herb hidden in coffins transported by a fake hearse had been seized on the A36. The driver also said he was traveling from Spain to Romania.