Dismantling deal points in Montpellier: “We can win this war of attrition and occupation of space”

Twenty-five police officers from the central police station, assisted by an equal number of CRS, took over the rue de Montasinos on Wednesday 14 September.

This Wednesday afternoon, a joint operation between the department’s security and the mobile force unit, which arrived in Montpellier a week ago, highlighted another facet of the CRS companies’ contribution: the dismantling agreement points.

The operation mobilized around fifty police officers.
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The prefect came to greet his men.

The prefect came to greet his men.
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From 14:00 to 17:00 no less than fifty police officers took over several buildings on rue Montasinos in the Aiguelongue district to attack a meeting point well known to the drug brigade.

CRS has secured the various accesses to the city.

CRS has secured the various accesses to the city.
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In the presence of two sniffer dogs, several cellars could thus be opened, while three people, in this case a dealer and two buyers, were arrested.

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A police raid which took place in total calm and without the slightest incident. Some residents even come to pay tribute to the police action. And this to the delight of the prefect Hugues Moutouh, who had decided to move to the stage to support his men.

Packaging bags found.

Packaging bags found.
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Common areas were also searched.

Common areas were also searched.
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“It’s a new way of operating. Normally operations of this type take less than ten minutes. quickly manifest with a hostile following, and being outnumbered, they step up.

Two anesthetized dogs were present.

Two anesthetized dogs were present.
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“But there, with the contribution of CRS, all accesses to the city were secured, and that’s the whole difference. Because it allowed the investigators to stay on the scene for three hours. That’s how we can win this war of attrition and occupation of space.”

Top speed

According to the head of state, the reinforcements obtained from Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin will make it possible to move up a gear. “In the course of a week, I have only received good feedback from the population in relation to patrolling, securing the premises, prevention and now settling the point of agreement.”

Many cellars were visited.

Many cellars were visited.
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“Since they arrived, CRS has checked 1,500 people for about forty arrests. Knowing that they will be with us for several months, we will be able to do a long-term job.”

A security perimeter has been established around the agreement point.

A security perimeter has been established around the agreement point.
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Especially since the next missions will be three weeks. CRS will thus be able to acquire the city. “We have already identified the points of agreement that concern us. We will target them and hit them systematically and even several times in a row to disrupt the business. And to be honest with you, we already feel that the situation is becoming tense and that it hurts their wallets.”

Weed, hash resin and cocaine seized

The police action led to the arrest of a dealer and two buyers on Wednesday afternoon, all three of whom were taken into custody. On the main suspect, the police found 70 g of weed, 4 g of cocaine and €2,410.

The investigations in a car as well as the search of his home led to the discovery of 780 g of cannabis herbs, 235 g of resin, 100 g of cocaine and two precision scales.

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