THE FRENCH CONNECTION: Top Lyon Cop Arrested For Links With International Drugs Trade

Michel Neyret

Michel Neyret, the second highest ranking police officer in the French city of Lyon, has been arrested for connections to the drugs trade and corruption, reports Euronews.

Neyret is one of four high ranking officers arrested in an investigation by the General Inspection Service, known as IGS.

Neyret’s arrest is likely to prove controversial. The 55-year-old cop, described as “bouffant-haired and charismatic”, is a 20 year veteran. He is widely credited with the Lyon police department’s successful fight against drug crime and jewellery store heists, reports The Guardian.

However, he is reported to have used confiscated drugs to pay off informants, helping them sell the goods. Police have also arrested a man suspected of supplying Neyret with luxury cars, including a Ferrari and a Rolls Royce.

The investigation has already spread to Cannes, reports France24. There are allegedly links to South American drugs cartels and a Parisian cocaine ring, and multiple Swiss bank accounts are being investigated.

Neyret denies the charges.

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