Nyon, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Some CHF7,000 in cash, 1.5kg of marijuana and 93 packets (85 grams) of cocaine were seized by authorities in canton Vaud Tuesday 22 February when they accompanied staff from the Nyon refugee centre, Établissement vaudois d’accueil des migrants (EVAM), on a search of the premises.
Forty-seven of the 101 single men who live in the centre were checked during the search, which EVAM is allowed to carry out, without advance warning, under Swiss law.
Police note in a statement issued after the 14:00 search that it was undertaken after complaints from people in the area and following several incidents at the centre earlier this year. Violence has broken out on occasion, including one incident where 90 residents of the centre were involved in a fight, apparently over money, in early January. One man was knifed during the brawl.
Police say the raid Tuesday was designed to reduce the problem of drug trafficking in the area and to ensure the safety of the centre’s residents.
The haul included €1,050 in cash and CHF5,700, of which CHF2,000 was found on one man, age about 20, from Guinea, who also had 7 packets of cocaine on him.
The search involved more than 70 people: 16 from EVAM, 7 from the Nyon municipal police, 15 private security guards, 18 road patrol officers, 10 public safety police inspectors, 2 dog teams from the border patrol police and 3 officers from Canton Vaud Police.