The evidence of the trade in SIM cards has only emerged recently. On Thursday a successful prosecution was concluded against a dealer in a case that also involved trade in SIM cards. This was the first case involving SIM cards brought before a Dutch-medium court in the capital.
Ine Van Wymersch of the Brussels Judicial authorities told the VRT that “In addition to the classic trade between dealers and users there is now a trade in contact information for potential customers. It is even the case the contact details of so-called ‘high quality customers”, for example those that use a lot of drugs or buy expensive drugs, are sold at a higher price.”
Drug-users are often not aware that their contact details are being sold for big money. In future, the judicial authorities will investigate whether SIM cards containing information about drug-users have been traded whenever a dealer is caught with SIM cards on his/her person.
If the trade in SIM cards can be linked to a case involving drug dealing then the judicial authorities can prosecute the offender(s) as being part of a criminal organisation which would mean that stiffer sentences could be demanded.