By Sarah Keane • 20 March 2021 • 11:04
Huge ‘MDMA’ Seizure Turns Out To Be Strawberry Sweets
Image Credit: Twitter @prefpolice
HUGE ‘MDMA’ seizure in France turns out to be strawberry sweets
Paris police had to make an embarrassing u-turn this week after announcing a massive seizure of MDMA worth an estimated €1 million on Twitter. The officials bragged that they had brought down a large operation designed to package and distribute narcotics, but later tests revealed the substance to be nothing more sinister than strawberry-flavoured sweets.
Not realising at the time they were using an unfortunate pun, Paris police headquarters tweeted that they had conducted a “fruitful investigation” into “a narcotics packaging workshop (MDMA, ecstasy) which supplied clandestine parties.”
Officials posted a photo showing clear plastic bags containing small pink ‘tablets’ as well as a large bowl of crushed pink powder.
Much to their disappointment, and no doubt embarrassment, testing showed the seized product to be nothing more than a “neutral powder, not related to narcotics or poisonous substances,” according to AFP. The Prosecutor’s Officer clarified that the suspected MDMA was in fact strawberry-flavoured sweets produced by German confectionery company Haribo.
The seizure, which Paris police at first believed to be worth more than a million euro, was made in a flat in Saint-Ouen, a suburb just north of Paris. According to reports, two arrests were made during the botched operation. The Haribo candy, first produced in 1969, usually reaches the consumer as a strawberry-shaped sweet.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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