Public prosecutor v. Pesticide traffickers

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France, Avignon

France Nature Environnement, Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux (parties civiles)
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Criminal court
Herbicide, Glyphosate
Sentencing of the three defendants to 2 years' imprisonment and a fine of 300,000 euros.
Judicial Court of Avignon, France
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Three men, ages 22, 23 and 39, are being prosecuted for selling glyphosate-based pesticides, banned from sale to private individuals in France since 2019 under the Labbé law. Between 2019 and 2021, they are suspected of having sold 2.4 tonnes of glyphosate herbicide from Spain to over 660 people via online resale platforms. The 5-liter cans were sold for 70 or 80 euros.

To do so, they are believed to have used the “dropshipping” online selling method, whereby the seller only handles the marketing and sales operation of the product, with the supplier then taking direct responsibility for delivery to the customer. The defendants acknowledged the facts.

The hearing took place on November 21, 2023.