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Gang of Baggage Handlers at Brussels Airport Was Receiving Cocaine from Colombia

By Dialogo
December 21, 2010

Eight employees of the Brussels airport luggage service, implicated in trafficking significant amounts of cocaine originating in Colombia, have been detained by the Belgian judicial police, several daily newspapers reported on 20 December.

According to the police investigation, which lasted a year, the individuals implicated obtained these jobs at the airport specifically for the purpose of carrying out their trafficking activities.

Eight of the baggage handlers were brought before an instructing magistrate, and “at least four” — one Belgian and three Moroccans — were charged and jailed after confessing, the De Morgen and La Dernière Heure newspapers specified.

The baggage handlers were informed in advance about the suitcases to be received; they intercepted them, removed the drugs, returned the suitcases to the conveyor belt, and left the airport with the cocaine in their personal bags without attracting attention. Each operation brought them around 39,000 dollars.

The baggage handlers were caught because of a suspicious circumstance: they arrived for work at the airport in luxury cars that they could not have acquired on their official salaries.



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