Nine held in international swoop on Serbian drug network
Belgian authorities seized around 115 kilograms of cocaine on Saturday in an international operation against a Serbian drug network that saw nine suspects arrested, prosecutors said.
The swoop unfolded in a warehouse in the southeastern city of Arlon, where the suspects were found trying to conceal cocaine for export in concrete slabs, Belgian prosecutors said in a statement.
Five of the detainees were arrested in Belgium, two in the Netherlands, one in Luxembourg and another in Serbia, it added.
Law enforcement officers impounded 103 packets weighing around 115 kilograms (254 pounds) in total and worth an estimated 11.5 million euros ($12 million).
Searches were simultaneously carried out in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Serbia, involving almost 100 police staff in an operation targeting a “Serbian criminal organisation active in the international cocaine trade”, the prosecutors said.