The suspect was arrested during a check by customs officers on the highway. On the run for twenty years, he refused to give his true identity.
After twenty years on the run, the brother of Sofiane Hambli, one of the biggest French drug traffickers, was arrested completely by chance at the beginning of January during a customs check in the Doubs, a close source revealed on Friday. folder.
The suspect was arrested during a check by customs officers on January 1 at a rest area on the A36 motorway, near Pelousey, in the Doubs. He presented false Swiss identity documents, then refused to give his real identity. It was the dissemination of his photograph that allowed investigators to recognize him as the brother of Sofiane Hambli, specifies the same source.
The Besançon prosecutor’s office has opened a judicial investigation for “possession of false administrative documents”, indicated the Besançon prosecutor, Etienne Manteaux. The suspect was remanded in custody.
Never arrested yet
“This man is, in all likelihood, wanted for twenty years for important facts of drug trafficking”, he added, without however confirming the identity of the forties.
Customs officers discovered 10,700 euros in the vehicle registered in Spain and the man presented them with a Swiss identity card. “Thanks to the excellent cooperation between the French and Swiss authorities, it was quickly confirmed that this document was an administrative forgery”, underlined the magistrate.
On the run, “he was tried in absentia and sentenced in 2007 in Mulhouse to eight years’ imprisonment, for importing narcotics with members of his family”, continued Etienne Manteaux, who underlined that “this person had no never before been arrested”. The Mulhouse prosecutor’s office will soon be responsible for notifying him of his arrest warrant. He can accept the judgment or make opposition and be retried.
Sofiane Hambli arrested in October
His brother, Sofiane Hambli, is considered the drug lord in France. He was arrested in October after several months on the run, in a clinic in Tangier, Morocco, where he had been admitted after being attacked in the streets of the city.
Originally from Mulhouse, in the Haut-Rhin, Sofiane Hambli, 46, has a heavy criminal record. He is the key figure in the scandal of the importation into France of seven tonnes of cannabis in 2015, which resulted in the ousting of the former boss of the fight against drugs, François Thierry.