Police in Belgium seized about 115 kilograms of cocaine hidden in concrete slabs as part of an international police operation aimed at breaking up a Serbian criminal network, the Belgian judiciary announced.
A total of nine people were arrested, five in Belgium, two in the Netherlands, one in Luxembourg and one in Serbia, according to the prosecution’s statement.
The drugs were seized in Arlon, in the south-east of Belgium, during a search of a warehouse. The suspects tried to hide the cocaine with concrete slabs for easier export.
“At least 103 packages weighing more than one kilogram (about 115 kilograms in total) were discovered and seized,” which are estimated to be worth 11.5 million euros on the market, according to the prosecution’s statement.
Searches were conducted simultaneously in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Serbia.
“In total, almost 100 members of different police services were engaged in an operation aimed at breaking up a Serbian criminal organization that deals with the international cocaine trade,” the prosecution stated.
The Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime, the Security-Information Agency and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the PU for the city of Belgrade also participated in the international action, in coordination with the foreign partner services Europol and Eurojust, according to the Ministry of Interior’s announcement.
In this action, members of an organized criminal group, Serbian citizens DR (28) and DP (48), were arrested in the Netherlands, with whom weapons and a certain amount of money suspected to be the result of criminal acts were found, while in Belgium and Luxembourg they were arrested also Serbian citizens SK (36), Đ.D. (32), JV (33), one NN person, as well as BiH citizen S.Đ. (42).
On the territory of Belgrade, Serbian citizen VV (29) was arrested and detained for 48 hours.
The police continue their coordinated work to shed light on all the circumstances related to the distribution of the aforementioned narcotics and to identify other members of the aforementioned international organized crime group.
As it says Flashthe arrested group is linked to the Kavački clan.
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