At the end of a long investigation relating to cannabis cultivation, ten searches were launched on Monday in various provinces of Wallonia. Seven people of Albanian origin were placed under arrest warrant.
It all started with a first investigation launched by the Val d’Escaut police zone concerning a plantation located in Amougies (Mont-de-l’Enclus). During the summer of 2020, the “Organized crime and terrorism” division of the PJF Mons-Tournai services began its investigations. The target: a group of authors of Albanian origin active in the implementation of cannabis cultures.
These investigations made it possible to determine that the organizers of this trafficking were mainly based in the Liège region but were active in different provinces of the country, including Hainaut, Liège, Luxembourg, Namur, Limbourg and Brussels.
This Monday 27, the PJF Mons-Tournai, with the support of the PJF of Liège, Namur, Limbourg and Eupen as well as of the police zone of the Val de l’Escaut, carried out ten searches.
Nearly 100 police officers have been hired. The operation made it possible to dismantle four plantations, including one in Amougies, covering a total capacity of more than 3,100 plants, including 850 in Amougies. Seven people of Albanian origin were arrested and deprived of their liberty. One of them was arrested in Amougies. This operation led to the seizure of 11 kg of cannabis, nearly 120,000 euros and two vehicles. The investigation is continuing under the authority of examining magistrate Véronique Laloux.