Turnhout – On Tuesday, February 14, the police in the Turnhout area arrested nine Dutchmen and a Romanian after a major drug discovery. At the request of Belgium and in cooperation with the Dutch police, firearms and heavy fireworks were found during house searches.
On Tuesday, the Belgian police in Belgium arrested nine Dutchmen and a Romanian. The ten persons were in or near a warehouse in which the police found almost 4000 kg of cocaine. The *Fortius team was involved. Because these were Dutch people, Fortius immediately took action and eleven homes were searched on Thursday.
75 agents from the National Unit (Infrastructure Service and the National Criminal Investigation Service) and the Unit The Hague cooperated in this action. Four automatic firearms were found and nine kilograms of heavy fireworks. The police also seized data carriers such as I-pads, USB sticks and mobile phones. In addition to these goods, the police also found several tens of thousands of euros. The money and goods found are handed over to the Belgian authorities, who will continue the investigation.
*Fortuis is a collaborative initiative of the Antwerp Federal Judicial Police, the Federal Judicial Prosecutor’s Office, the National Prosecutor’s Office and the National Unit. The task force focuses on tackling large-scale imports of cocaine via the port of Antwerp to the Netherlands. Fortius works together with the Belgian and Dutch Customs, the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service, the Tax and Customs Administration, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee and the regional units of the Dutch police.
Information source: Politie.nl