The facts date from November 10, in the middle of the morning, at a time when the city of Bassens is still living quietly before the opening of the “drive”, one of the most important drug outlets in Marseille. From a slowly moving vehicle, men dressed in black and hooded shoot forty times, in the air but not only: an 18-year-old high school student is hit in the shoulder.
As soon as they were chased by an emergency police patrol in the area, the occupants of the vehicle opened fire on the officials who chased them for several kilometers. The RAID arrested them two hours later, in an isolated villa in Gignac-la-Nerthe (Bouches-du-Rhône): four men aged 20 to 25.
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Other Marseille cities, such as Busserine or Bricarde, have experienced this type of intimidation, in broad daylight. But it has rarely happened that such young people attacked the police. In the indictment that led to their imprisonment, the Marseille prosecutor’s office evokes “The extraordinary echo of these facts worthy of appearing in the police annals”.
15 million euros monthly
These more and more uninhibited coups make up, with the settling of scores, the emerged part of the turf wars between rival gangs in the Marseille agglomeration. The figures give the measure of the phenomenon. Since 2016, the judicial police (PJ) has foiled twenty-four settling of scores, sometimes just before the act. On average, the annual death toll is still around twenty deaths.
Two men must thus appear from January 12 to 15 before the Assize Court of Bouches-du-Rhône, accused of the execution, on November 18, 2016, of a 15-year-old teenager, very modest “employee” of a city network. With his hands tied, on his knees, he was killed with a shot in the chest and a second in the head once on the ground, before his body was set on fire.
If the police continue to increase the offensives – 91 networks dismantled and 209 people imprisoned in 2019 -, they seem to empty the sea with a teaspoon
The drug trade, whether at the retail level – at the bottom of buildings, in dozens of Marseilles cities – or wholesale via go-fast, these convoys responsible for transporting cannabis by tens of kilos from Spain, always generates more money. Sirasco, the analysis service of the PJ, estimates the monthly turnover of drug trafficking in Marseille at 15 million euros.
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