Four men have appeared before the Monaco Criminal Court in connection with the distribution and use of cocaine. The offences date to 2017 and centred on Larvotto Beach.

All of the accused were sentenced to prison terms, but two of them received suspended sentences, according to French-language daily Monaco Matin. The supplier, a driver who made legitimate deliveries to restaurants on the beach, also brought the illicit drug to his local contacts, including a chef and a waiter. A total of 380 grams were involved, the court heard.

Over a series of transactions the price per gram rose from 60 euros to 100. The driver and a chef received prison terms of one year and eight months respectively, but as parts of their sentences were suspended, and they had each served three months on remand, they will not have to serve more jail time.

The driver, regarded as the lynchpin, has a long history of convictions in France, while one of the accused, a Monegasque, was known to the authorities as a recovering drug user.