BEECHER, France — French police arrested five men Wednesday for allegedly importing fake drugs, including fentanyl and heroin, in a case that has raised concerns over the security of the country’s borders.
The arrests are part of a broader crackdown by French authorities on drug trafficking, the latest in a string of incidents over the past few years.
They come just months after France’s president was caught in a scandal in which he admitted to having cocaine in his possession.
Authorities say the suspects are in custody after police found the fentanyl, an opioid-like drug that is highly potent and addictive.
Fentanyl is made from a drug, the street name for heroin, that is often mixed with fentanyl, which is a stronger drug.
French authorities believe that the men, who are in their early 20s, obtained the drugs in Germany and elsewhere.
Police say the fentanyl seized from the suspects was found in the same package that was seized from a suspected heroin dealer in the French city of Strasbourg last year.
Authorities believe the drugs were imported in bulk from Germany, but they are not clear whether the drugs came from the same or different labs.
The investigation is ongoing, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement Wednesday.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who is also a candidate for the presidency, was not at the site of the drugs raid but was briefed on the case by police and health officials, according to a statement from his office.