Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cocaine and cannabis in a Vatican car



Drugs and Dealers seized in Vatican diplomatic vehicle linked to Pope's adviser and friend, Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia

Google translated from French https://fr.news.yahoo.com/coca%C3%AFne-cannabis-voiture-vatican-104228272.html

LeMonde.fr 
September 16, 2014

Cocaine and cannabis in a Vatican car

Four kilos of cocaine and 200 grams of cannabis were seized by customs officials at a toll near Chambery, Savoie, Sunday, Sept. 14. The decision is important, and "coverage" found by smugglers presumed original: they were traveling in a diplomatic car Vatican .

According to two reliable sources, the car belongs to the Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia, 91, retired librarian of the Holy See. According to RTL, his private secretary would have given the car a few days earlier, to have it serviced, to two Italians aged 30 and 41 years.

The latter would have the opportunity to make a return trip to Spain and buy drugs, thinking that no one would stop them with a diplomatic plate.

NO CRIMINALIZATION VATICAN FOR NOW

The two Italians, who had initially presented as simple drivers during routine check had initially claimed that the drug was not theirs. Being neither one nor the other in possession of a diplomatic passport, there is no evidence at this stage to challenge the Vatican, said a judicial source.

The Holy See recognized that one of his diplomatic car was arrested with drugs on board by French customs, but has formally stated that no employee or member of the small state was directly involved in the case, according to the agency I.MEDIA specializes in the Vatican.

The two Italians were arrested and taken into custody, and must be referred to the public prosecutor on Thursday morning from Chambery to be brought before a magistrate. A criminal investigation should be opened for "drug trafficking" . The judicial police in Lyon has been conducting the investigation by the prosecutor of Chambery. 

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