Dutchman (72) arrested after discovery of drug lab warehouses in border village

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Dutchman (72) arrested after discovery of drug lab warehouses in border village

The investigating judge in Turnhout has arrested a 72-year-old Dutch man after large quantities of drugs and items for one or more drug labs were found at two different locations in the border village of Baarle-Hertog on Wednesday. The Antwerp public prosecutor’s office reported this on Friday.

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The Federal Judicial Police (FGP) found large quantities of drugs during searches in a warehouse, a garage and a house in Baarle-Hertog on Wednesday. During the searches, all kinds of supplies for a drug lab were also found, such as used boilers, cooling tubes, pre-precursors and empty packaging.

Tenant arrested

The tenant, a 72-year-old man from Baarle-Hertog, was arrested and interrogated by the police on Wednesday. He was brought before the investigating judge, who decided to arrest him for ‘infringements on the legislation on narcotic drugs and/or psychotropic substances in combination.’

Dismantling

The Clan Lab Response Unit (CRU) arrived on site to investigate and dismantle the items. The investigation is continued by the FGP under the leadership of the investigating judge. The suspect will later appear before the council chamber, which will decide on his further arrest.

Poederlee

It is still unclear whether there is a connection between the find and the three men who were found dead on Wednesday in a drug lab in Poederlee, Belgium. The public prosecutor’s office is investigating this.

The Antwerp public prosecutor’s office does not report how many drugs and what type are involved in Baarle-Hertog.

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