There are currently 251 organised crime cases open in Belgium today, say Home Affairs Minister Jan Jambon (New Flemish Alliance). He was answering a question from MP Kattrin Jadin (MR). 36 cases (14%) involve defendants who are part of a “recognised organisation”, such as the Albanian clan (4.4%), the Turkish clan (4%), the Italian mafia (2%), a criminal biker gang (2%) or a South American cartel (2%), the Minister said.
For several years now, the majority of cases have been about money laundering (41%) or cocaine trafficking (19%). “There is still a high number of other socio-economic crimes (social fraud, VAT fraud, tax fraud…) and drug crimes”, says Jan Jambon.
The Minister’s statistics say the number of criminal organisations that produce cannabis has increased, while the number of synthetic drug cases has dropped.