856 caught red-handed in Belgian drug checks

9th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

Police from France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands took part in an international anti-drug operation Saturday night and found drugs on 856 people.

9 June 2008

BRUSSELS – A total of 856 people in Belgium were found to be in the possession of narcotics during an international police anti-drugs operation on Saturday night.

The raid in Belgium was part of an international operation. Operation 'Etoile' includes police from France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, as well as 700 Belgian police and customs officials.

The controls focused on narcotic trafficking and drug tourism. They took place along major motorways, in trains, buses and clandestine outlets where narcotics are sold.

In Belgium the controls took place around Antwerp, Ghent, Dinant, Namur, Liège, Tournai, in Limburg along the border area with the Netherlands, and at the coast.

The operation saw 2,500 vehicles and 3,400 people inspected. 11 kilograms of cannabis, 373 grams of heroine, 68 grams of cocaine, 245 of hallucinogenic mushrooms and 740 cannabis seeds were seized. 31 illegal arms were also discovered and 12 vehicles seized.

Eleven people will have to answer to the public prosecutor.

The Belgian federal police are very enthusiastic about the cooperation between the participating countries and the results it has yielded.

[flandersnews.be / Expatica]

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