The police arrested an Italian man in Heerlen on Wednesday who had been spotted in Belgium on suspicion of drug trafficking. Drug processing equipment was found in his garden.
The man was the focus of an Italian investigation into encrypted communications via the Sky ECC messaging server, conducted by the Anti Mafia Investigation Directorale. The 44-year-old Italian from Heerlen emerged.
The National Criminal Investigation Department in the Netherlands took over the investigation. The suspect was arrested on Wednesday. After indications in the chats that something was hidden in his garden, four barrels that were packed waterproof were found under a layer of concrete and a chicken coop. According to the police, these barrels contained material to process drugs in a message today.
The Italian was arrested because he still has to serve a seven-year prison sentence in Belgium for drug trafficking.