Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium: Drug raid

I did not see anything in the Dutch language press about this.

Arrests have been made in Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium as part of a concerted drug raid led by Kripos, Norway's National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS).

"Operation Broken Lorry", led by the NCIS division for organized crime, resulted in 34 arrests in the three countries and the seizure of 400 kilograms (880 lbs) of hashish, 10 kilos (22 lbs) of heroin and 6 kilos ( 13.2 lbs) of cocaine, just in Norway.

In addition to the confiscated drugs police have also charged several persons in connection with a 224 kilo ( 492.8 lb) consignment of hashish yet to be seized.

"This is a very special case where we have moved in on those who organize major drug traffic to Norway," deputy police chief Reidar Brusgaard told newspaper Dagbladet.

The operation began when Norway's Directorate of Customs and Excise stopped a Dutch passenger car at Svinesund on Feb. 28 of last year. The case turned out to be one of major international dimensions, with investigations into Moroccan circles in Norway and the Netherlands, the trail leading to three brothers in Amsterdam.

The eldest of the trio is believed to be the leader of the drugs network and they are now charged by Dutch police and an application to extradite them to Norway is underway.

Source: Aftenposten (English)

See also: Gangs: Norwegian vs. Dutch

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