Fugitives caught in heroin bust

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Two French fugitives were arrested by police in Oegstgeest, Zuid Holland Wednesday after having been on the run for eight months. Both had been convicted for the large-scale importation of hard drugs from the Netherlands to France, according to a police report.

After arresting the duo, aged 28 and 24, investigators found a sizeable stash of drugs. Police say they took 12 kilos of cut heroine, one kilogram of cocaine, and 250 grams of pure heroine into evidence after a search of the apartment where the men were found. The pair had both been convicted and sentenced separately to ten years in prison in France this past October. The 28-year-old man managed to escape while being escorted to prison. Authorities in the Netherlands received a lead that he was in the vicinity of Leiden, which led to his capture.

The 24-year-old fugitive was found hiding at the scene. Both were captured by a special unit of the police department that tracks down convicted felons who fail to appear for their sentences. Zack Newmark contributed to this report.

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