Belgian pharmaceutical companies have supplied drug substances to a Mexican drug lord

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 13:44
Belgian pharmaceutical companies have supplied drug substances to a Mexican drug lord ©Belga
The federal magistrate confirmed on Wednesday that they're pursuing seven senior business executives who are representing Belgian pharmaceutical companies suspected of supplying medical substances to a Mexican drug lord.
With these substances, the drug trafficker has been able to produce millions of methamphetamine pills.

The court will decide on 5 April if the seven men will be taken to trial.

The supplied medical substances contained ephedrine, which is normally a harmless product used in cough syrups. However the substance can also be used in the production of particularly strong methamphetamine, also known as “crystal meth of ice”.

The Belgian companies have supplied 66 million ephedrine pills to Ezio Figueroa-Vasquez, who used the pills to produce drugs sold at the market for 360 million euros.

The companies claim that they had simply ignored the final destination of the pills they sold. However, following a closer look at email and telephone exchanges, the court estimates that they companies knew where they went.

Ezio Figueroa-Vasquez is the most notorious and wanted methamphetamine producer and is sought after by American authorities where he risks a life term prison sentence. 

Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)
Google Plus

More Stories

Antwerp social aid agency must stop using private detectives to investigate applicants

Antwerp social aid agency must stop using private detectives to investigate applicants

The municipal social aid agency (OCMW) in Antwerp has stopped using the services of private detectives to investigate aid claimants, following a decision by the organisation's outgoing chair, Fons Duchateau.

Jewish museum trial: victims' relatives speak out

Jewish museum trial: victims' relatives speak out

Following on from the presentation of the prosecution case and the arguments for the defence, Friday was the day when the trial of Mehdi Nemmouche in Brussels heard statements from the civil parties – representatives of the Jewish Museum, witnesses and relatives of the victims.

5G technology will not be achieved before 2020 at the earliest

5G technology will not be achieved before 2020 at the earliest

It will not be possible to introduce 5G technology in Belgium in 2019, L'Echo and De Tijd both report on Friday.