A CAR which gave border police the slip after its apparent convoy companion was found to be full of firearms and grenades has been found abandoned in Spain, but the drivers have vanished.
The first vehicle, loaded with weapons, was intercepted on Saturday in La Jonquera (Girona province) as it headed south through the border from France, and a Moroccan man with a French passport was arrested.
But a grey Rénault Mégane, which appeared to be travelling with him, fled the scene.
This led officers to believe the two cars were linked, and authorities across Spain were alerted.
Yesterday (Monday), police found the second vehicle abandoned in Figueres (Girona province) in the town centre.
The registration number turned out to be fake.
Border guards waited in the area for some hours, searching a radius of several kilometres, to see whether the original driver and any occupants returned.
When they realised they were not coming back, police took the car to the station for inspection and to take fingerprints.
No weapons were found in the Rénault, but officers believe the driver was a watchman for the Moroccan in the first vehicle.
The arrested man had a criminal record for handling stolen goods, and the car he was driving had been stolen in Nice on Friday.
Police do not believe the vehicles or their occupants are linked to any form of terrorism, but suspect their involvement in an armed hold-up at a casino in Aix-en-Provence in the early hours of Saturday.