Fifteen days after hearing of a new point of sale of narcotics in the city of Gavotte-Peyret, in Septèmes-les-Vallons, the Vitrollais police have dried up the source. Investigators first set up surveillance last week to monitor buyers. Then came the turn of the seller, arrested Friday evening. The young man, originally from Paris, had just celebrated his 18th birthday. During the search of the hotel room where he was staying, several containers of cannabis resin, a blister of weed and two grinders (small boxes allowing to shred what they contain when the lid is turned).
The alleged seller was arrested along with two other Parisians who shared his room. “We were obviously dealing with a traffic recruiting ‘charcoalers’ (salesmen) in the capital,” reveals Alexia Burgevin, the commissioner of Vitrolles. The reason ? “The market is less congested here than in Paris and it is less risky for these sellers who, not being involved locally, are less likely to be targeted by a possible settlement of accounts.” The alleged seller, known to the police, was referred and tried yesterday in immediate appearance. He was bailed out for three months and remained in detention. He was also banned from traveling to the Bouches-du-Rhône for three years. The other two defendants were released.