Police crack down on Albanian-Belgian drug ring operating in Belgium and Switzerland

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times February 16, 2019 10:54

Police crack down on Albanian-Belgian drug ring operating in Belgium and Switzerland

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  • 22 suspects were arrested, and six of them were immediately imprisoned by Leuven authorities.

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TIRANA, Feb. 16 – An investigation coordinated by the Federal Judicial Police of Leuven and supported by Europol cracked down on an Albanian-Belgian drug trafficking ring between Feb. 4 and 6, at various locations in Switzerland and Belgium.

22 suspects were arrested, and six of them were immediately imprisoned by Leuven authorities.

The police action searched 24 houses in Belgium, while similar actions were also carried out in Switzerland, where the ring’s activity extended.

According to Europol, the investigation led to the discovery of six cannabis plantations with a total of 4,500 cannabis plants.

During the operation, an active cannabis plantation with 1 000 cannabis plants was found in a former strip club. This particular plantation was guarded by two suspects of Albanian origin

Similar setups were found in places where Albanians are illegally staying with the purpose of guarding the plants.

In addition, large quantities of cannabis, firearms, bulletproof vests and 10,000 euros in cash were also seized.

According to Europol, these complex criminal investigations were initiated in autumn of 2017 after police received information that a Belgian-Albanian organisation was importing and exporting narcotics on a large scale.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times February 16, 2019 10:54