Police intercept hundreds of kilos of drugs because of port tip-off line

Police intercept hundreds of kilos of drugs because of port tip-off line
Containers at Antwerp Port

In the port of Antwerp, another dock worker has been arrested in an investigation into cocaine imports, thanks to the success of a tip-off line, confirmed the public prosecutor's office and the federal police. A 30-year-old dock worker from Borgerhout was arrested on 15 May by the federal judicial police of Antwerp in collaboration with the Harbor police. "The man is suspected of having been involved in the import of several hundreds of kilogrammes of cocaine via the port of Antwerp. He would have moved cocaine containers so that companions could take the drugs out. A considerable sum of cash was also found during the arrest," said the public prosecutor.

"The acts came to light thanks to the active cooperation of the management of the container terminal," the public prosecutor reported.

Both the police and the public prosecutor emphasise the success of the tip-off line (www.onzehavendrugsvrij.be), which has been active for over a year, and on which very useful tips are regularly given. "They have already played an important part in judicial investigations several times," they said according to Het Nieuwsblad.

The tip-off line is not an initiative of the police or judiciary, clarified Kristof Aerts from the Antwerp public prosecutor's office. However, the initiators, including the Antwerp Port Company and Cepa, that arranges port labour, pass on all useful tips and information to the right authorities.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

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