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The presence and growth of drug labs in Brussels are frightening, stated federal magistrate Julien Moinil during the Sky ECC trial on large-scale drug trafficking in Belgium, according to Bruzz.
124 individuals, four companies, and an unknown entity must answer for the extensive trafficking of cocaine and cannabis uncovered through the decryption of encrypted networks Encrochat and SKY ECC. During the searches, investigators discovered nine drug labs, located not only in industrial zones but especially in residential neighborhoods such as Ixelles, Etterbeek, Uccle, and Forest. The investigation began after the explosion of a drug lab on rue Gray in Ixelles.
“Criminal organizations no longer hesitate to install drug labs in neighborhoods and streets frequented by people who take their children to school every day,” stated the federal magistrate. “They also do not hesitate to order huge quantities of chemicals and dump them in nature after use, with all the consequences for the environment. In this case, we discovered several illegal dumpings that contributed to the identification of various individuals involved.”
Federal magistrate Moinil believes it is therefore of utmost importance to fight and curb criminal drug trafficking as harshly as possible, not only with prison sentences but especially with heavy financial sanctions, fines, and confiscations. “This won’t stop drug trafficking, but it will put a brake on it.”