A 19-year-old drug trafficker was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Friday for having organized drone deliveries for weeks at the Sequedin remand center, near Lille (North). An inmate, also a narcotics trafficker, who admitted having recovered one of the packages via the window of his cell, whose grid was damaged, was sentenced to 8 months in prison, in immediate appearance by the Lille court.
The judicial police, alerted to narcotics deliveries made by a drone which dropped small packages at night in the prison, had deployed police three nights in a row in late June in the surroundings. She noted the delivery of 5 packages and seized three others ready to go, wrapped in cellophane, and surrounded by a net. The police also intercepted the drone, a “first in the jurisdiction of the Lille court”, according to the prosecution.
Various accessories and cannabis
The packages contained phones, chargers, headphones, cannabis grass and resin, lighters and cigarette leaves, but also cosmetics and even an 8 cm piece of hacksaw. One of the co-pilots of the drone, arrested on the spot, turned out to be a 19-year-old young man, already convicted in May of drug trafficking by the juvenile court.
He explained to the audience that he had been commissioned to send “missiles” towards the prison, initially “in the old fashioned way”, by throwing the packages over the perimeter wall, then in recent weeks at the using a drone. “I had no choice,” he said, explaining that he was in debt to a supplier after the seizure in 2020 of several hundred grams of cocaine and heroin when he was responsible for reselling them. He declined to release the name of the supplier, or the drone’s other co-pilot, who fled across the field.
The “scourge of projections”
Also prosecuted for trafficking in cannabis, heroin and cocaine, he was sentenced to 30 months in prison, including 18 firm, together with two additional firm months due to a partial revocation of the reprieve of his previous conviction. The prosecution, emphasizing the “scourge of projections” which generates trafficking in prison and jeopardizes the safety of prisoners and guards, had requested three years in prison and a fine of 5,000 euros.
In Sequedin, where several dozen packages are launched clandestinely each month in the prison, the quantities thus “projected” have skyrocketed, according to the Lille prosecutor’s office. In the first quarter of 2022, 8 kilos of narcotics were seized, almost double that for the whole of 2021 (4.4 kg). Faced with this trend, which is confirmed elsewhere, the prosecution indicated that it had organized “night operations (…) near each Penitentiary Center”.