Three members of Venezuela’s National Guard have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the smuggling of a massive haul of cocaine on an Air France flight from Caracas to Paris.
French border police found 1.3 tonnes of cocaine in 31 suitcases on a flight arriving from Caracas.
The seizure was one of the biggest ever to be made on French territory.
Venezuelan Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said he expected more arrests would be made over the coming days.
The drugs were stashed into the suitcases on the Air France flight which arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on 11 September, but details of the seizures had been withheld for “operational reasons”, French officials said.
French President Francois Hollande has said allegations that the US bugged European embassies could threaten a huge planned EU-US trade deal.
He said there could be no negotiations without guarantees that spying would stop “immediately”.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said he did not know the truth of the claims but sought to down play them.
Meanwhile, Russian and US security agencies are reportedly discussing how to deal with the man behind the leaks.
Former CIA-analyst Edward Snowden is believed to be at an airport in Moscow, seeking a destination safe from the US where he is wanted for prosecution over the leaking of thousands of classified documents.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and US’s President Barack Obama have ordered the chiefs of their respective agencies, FSB and FBI, to find a way out of the impasse, a senior Russian official said.