The federal judicial police of Halle-Vilvoorde and the local police AMOW (Asse, Merchtem, Opwijk and Wemmel) have rounded up an Albanian criminal organization allegedly responsible for several cannabis plantations in Belgium. During eight searches in Asse, Charleroi and Namur, three cannabis plantations with a total of 3,000 plants were discovered and dismantled. This is reported by the public prosecutor’s office Halle-Vilvoorde.
The police were able to arrest eight people, six of whom were found on the plantations. Investigators also found a large amount of cannabis drying out, suggesting that there had been previous harvests. In addition, remnants of a dismantled plantation were also found at two locations and material intended for setting up additional cannabis plantations was found at various locations. Police also seized five vehicles.
The eight arrested persons, five Albanians, two Belgians, and one Romanian between the ages of 24 and 58, will be brought before the investigating judge in Brussels. He will decide on their further arrest.