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Police arrested Brussels Airport staff as part of a drug smuggling operation

Bruzz reports that six airport officials and three others were arrested on Monday as part of a judicial investigation into drug smuggling via Brussels Airport. According to the Halle-Vilvoorde Public Prosecutor’s Office, € 217,000 in cash and various vehicles were confiscated during the 10 house searches.

The investigation began after Customs at Zaventem Airport discovered two abandoned suitcases in February and March last year. We found that the suitcase contained 25 kg and 12 kg of cocaine, respectively.

An investigation conducted by Halle-Vilvoorde’s federal judicial police gained momentum after the surveillance mission Operation Sky deciphered a message that might have been linked to a suitcase. It soon became clear that cocaine smuggling was organized with the help of the airport.

Organized crime smuggling of drugs relied on the cooperation of many airport staff to facilitate the passage of drugs. As a result of the investigation, 10 house searches were conducted last Monday and 9 people were arrested. It concerns three men aged 31, 25 and 21 in Zaventem, a 37-year-old man and a 33-year-old wife in Vilvoorde, a 45-year-old man in Vilvoorde, and a 37-year-old man in Anderlecht. , Saint-Gilles 33-year-old man and Hoboken 33-year-old man. The six arrested are working at the airport in Zaventem.

The Halle-Vilvoorde public prosecutor’s office announced on Tuesday night that the arrested people had been taken to the front of an investigative judge. It placed six under arrest warrants, five of whom were transferred to prison and one under electronic surveillance. One arrested was charged but released on bail. The other two were not charged and were released.



https://www.thebulletin.be/police-arrest-brussels-airport-staff-part-drug-smuggling-operation Police arrested Brussels Airport staff as part of a drug smuggling operation

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