Former French anti-drugs chief investigated over narco-trafficking

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 25, 2017 4:00 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - France's former anti-drugs agency boss has been placed under formal investigation over allegations he aided and abetted narco-traffickers, the Paris prosecutor's office said on Friday.

Francois Thierry, who ran the drug-fighting Octris agency between 2010 and 2016, faces allegations of complicity in the acquisition and transportation of drugs and in the export of drugs by organized gangs.

The Paris prosecutor opened an inquiry into the practices of Octris late 2015, following information from a man who said he had infiltrated a narco ring and worked on behalf of Thierry.

France's Liberation newspaper reported in May, 2016, that the man given the cover name "Stephane V" by police also said he had worked for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

There was no immediate reaction from Thierry's lawyer.

(This version of the story was refiled to fix a typo in the headline)

(Reporting by Cyril Camu; Editing by Richard Lough)