It is an embarrassing image to say the least for the Socialist Party. A major net in a narcotics case led Friday morning to the arrest of eleven people in the Paris region and Rouen, including the socialist mayor of Canteleu (Seine-Maritime), has learned Release corroborating sources, confirming information from AFP. Hasbi Colak, deputy responsible for economic development, businesses and employment, was also taken into police custody.
Contacted by AFP, the prosecutor of the Republic of Rouen, Frédéric Teillet, confirmed this wave of arrests, stating that “This operation took place on the basis of a rogatory commission from an investigating magistrate from the Bobigny judicial court”, in Seine-Saint-Denis. One million euros was seized.
Drug trafficking and criminal association
The mayor of Canteleu, a town of about 15,000 inhabitants in the metropolis of Rouen, is Mélanie Boulanger, 44, who was head of the PS-EELV list in the last regional elections, won by Hervé Morin. She is also vice-president of the metropolis in charge of youth, higher education and research. Mélanie Boulanger is close to the socialist mayor of Rouen, Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, who did not wish to speak.
The elected official was placed in police custody as part of an investigation carried out for drug trafficking and criminal association, according to a police source. At this time, no other information has filtered out on the role that the elected official may have played in this affair. According to the same source, she was arrested “At her place”, early this Friday morning.
An influential family from Canteleu
“A very large network of drug traffickers has been dismantled”, told AFP the source close to the case. According to her, there are several aspects to this case, “The importation of very large volumes of weapons and drugs” and the “Laundering”. “About a million euros was seized. We are talking about a historic family in Canteleu. People in the sights of the police for several years “, she said, specifying that “This family strongly influenced the local political world in Canteleu”.
The survey started in 2019 “In Seine-Saint-Denis with the arrest for cocaine trafficking of a lieutenant of the family who organizes the traffic in Canteleu”, continues the source contacted by AFP.
One million euros in assets, including sums placed in bank accounts, 375,000 euros in cash and vehicles, were seized during searches carried out on Friday, according to this person. In addition to this sum, the searches allowed investigators to discover 15 kg of heroin, 25 kg of cutting product and firearms, said Friday the public prosecutor of Bobigny, Eric Mathais.
Contacted by Release, the cabinet of the mayor of Canteleu did not wish to react for the moment.
Update : article updated on October 9 at the end of the afternoon with addition of information on the deputy mayor of Canteleu and on the nature of the searches.