Drug labs and all the crime that goes with them is a big problem. How do you avoid getting involved in it unintentionally? And who are the executives who profit from the multimillion-dollar profits?
The police in East Brabant are looking for the people behind (synthetic) drug laboratories. Dozens of laboratories have been dismantled in recent years. Usually, it is the smaller players who are arrested, such as the landlords of buildings or the lab workers. The highest bosses usually stay out of harm’s way. That must be changed, believe the police and the judiciary.
Punish and take away
The purpose of law enforcement is to prosecute those who fund these kinds of drug labs and launder their profit proceeds. In addition to imposing an appropriate penalty, confiscation of assets is an important objective.
We will take what they illegally earned. We want to get the money back by seizing their houses, cars, bank account, cryptocurrencies. Everything they have earned must go back to the state.”
Brabant and Belgium
The research focuses specifically on five pharmaceutical laboratories in East Brabant and two in Belgium. The question is who is behind the following laboratories:
Rental of properties
Criminals gain access to drug laboratories through brokers or ‘just’ through Funda. In addition, farmers are offered substantial sums to rent a shed for a number of months. The police would like to get in touch with people who have been contacted by criminals with a request to rent out a space.
Do not cooperate!
While earning so much money seems attractive, it has a downside: once you’re in the world, you never get out. There is also a good chance that you yourself will be convicted of facilitating a drug laboratory. In addition, you may be held responsible for the eviction costs – often tens of thousands of euros.
One of the indispensable raw materials used in pharmaceutical laboratories is apaan. This is imported from outside Europe, often packed in barrels or unlabelled bags. The raw materials arrive somewhere in Europe by plane and boat and are then transported further overland to e.g. the medical laboratories in North Brabant.
The police want to know exactly how the import lines of raw materials like apaan are running.
Less drug dumping
In recent years, medical waste has been dumped in nature almost weekly, but in the past year it has been significantly less. Still, the police do not believe that fewer synthetic drugs are being produced.
What do the criminals do with the waste and what is their current alternative to dumping?
Help the police
Do you have information on one or more drug labs, on possible leaders who may be behind them, on import lines for raw materials, and/or on the method(s) by which criminals involved dispose of drug waste? Please contact the police. This can also be done anonymously or through a confidential conversation with someone from the National Intelligence Team.
Police Investigations Tipline (free): 0800 – 6070
Report crime anonymously (free): 0800 – 7000
National intelligence team (local rate): 088 – 661 77 34
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