Prosecutor asks for sentences in 'Cahors affair'

The prosecutor in the 'Cahors' trial has asked the judge to give former pro Laurent Roux a suspended sentence of 2.5 years for his role in the drug trafficking affair. The prosecutor also asked that Laurent's brother Fabien be given a 1.5 year suspended sentence, but for Belgian ringleader Freddy Sergant to receive a four year unconditional prison term. The others accused may receive suspended sentences of between one and 18 months.

23 people have been named in the trial, which has focused on the trafficking of 'pot Belge', a mix of cocaine, caffeine, pain killers, sometimes amphetamine and heroin. Sergant and his wife Monique are accused of buying it in the Netherlands and selling it to the Roux brothers, who then distributed the drug mix further within French amateur and, to a smaller extent, professional cycling while keeping some for their own consumption.

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