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17 tonnes of cocaine and €1.2 million seized in Belgium

Christian Fernsby |
During the large-scale searches throughout Belgium, 48 suspects were arrested and €1.2 million and 17 tonnes of cocaine were seized, the federal public prosecutor’s office stated during a press conference on Tuesday.

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Topics: BELGIUM   

During the investigation, investigators intercepted about 1 billion encrypted messages from the encryption software “Sky ECC,” of which almost half have already been decrypted.

This provided the police with a wealth of information on criminal organisations, especially in the Antwerp area. There, but also in Limburg and in other provinces, 1,500 investigators carried out raids this morning in what the public prosecutor called “the largest police operation in Belgium.”

The investigation has been going on for two years, during which separate investigations were opened when information came to light that required immediate intervention.

A total of €1.2 million, diamonds, jewellery, luxury vehicles, police uniforms and weapons were also seized. In the same case, 17 tonnes of cocaine were also intercepted.

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