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    Police crack down on family-run drug gang in Brussels

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    Police have arrested twenty-one people and seized a dozen cars and tens of thousands of euros after dismantling a drug gang operating out of a Brussels municipality for years, law enforcement authorities announced Thursday.

    The dismantlement was part of a major drug operation involving Belgian and international police, who managed to trace a family-operated drug gang operating out of the municipality of Anderlecht and importing cannabis from Spain and Morocco into France and Belgium for years.

    Police carried out the arrests on June 27 after around 200 agents carried out thirty different house raids and detained a total of 21 people, among which they said were the main members of the gang.

    Since the arrests, 11 people have been charged and four of them remain in preventive detention, Denis Goeman, spokesperson with Brussels public prosecutor told La Dernière Heure.

    A dozen kilos of cannabis, €65,000 euro, three firearms and around a dozen cars were also seized during the operations, according to the spokesperson.

    The operation was part of the “Global Drugs Plan,” in which members of federal and local police units work together with public prosecutor offices to crack down on criminal drug gangs active in the Brussels territory.

    The Brussels Times