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PKK drug smuggling network busted in Belgium
PKK drug smuggling network busted in Belgium

Terror group earns millions of euros from drug smuggling in Europe, according to Belgian media

World Bulletin / News Desk

A drug smuggling network of the PKK terrorist group in Belgium has been busted in a police raid, according to local media reports on Friday.

Brussels-based Begla news agency said that Belgian police seized 30 kilograms of cocaine, 12 kg of heroin, a large number of ecstacy pills, ten firearms, ten vehicles, and some €800,000 ($941,680) in a raid on a house in Hasselt, Belgium.

Although the agency did not specify when the operation took place, it said the raid was part of an ongoing investigation in an Austrian court.

It said the court had already sentenced four drug smugglers to over 21 years in jail while a fifth suspect was being sought under a European arrest warrant.

Ten more suspects were arrested under similar charges, said the report.

Hasselt regional daily Het Belang van Limburg also confirmed the report, adding that an Austrian court and Belgian police were working together to take down an international drug gang that supplies heroin, cocaine and amphetamines to half of Europe, including Switzerland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria.

In another operation, nine kg of heroin and €75,000 were seized in Austria, it added.
The Belgian police captured the leader of the gang thanks to the support and information from the Austrian court.

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