Five suspects, including a boxing champion, arrested for smuggling drugs between Soignies and Brussels
Saturday, 12 September 2015
Five people, including the former European Thai boxing vice-champion Antonio Fialdini, were taken into custody on Thursday, and charged with possessing contraband. They are suspected of being part of a large drugs ring operating between Soignies and Brussels. One of them was released on conditional parole, the Brussels Prosecutor’s office revealed on Saturday. This confirms information that appeared in la Capital.
Two of the five suspects were also charged with illegally possessing weapons requiring a permit. La Capitale says the drugs department of the local Midi police had been surveying the gang’s movements over the last few weeks.
Police were able to dismantle the ring on Thursday evening. It is thought to be linked to the Albanian mafia. Houses in Soignies, Anderlecht and Molenbeek were searched. Around 100 grams of cocaine and 6,000 euros were found and seized. The same source said an adolescent was placed in a juvenile detention centre during the arrests.