Two of Mr. Sekkaki’s brothers are among the members of the drugs gang that have been detained.
The investigation got under way in 2014 when a quantity of drugs was found on one of the suspects. A thorough investigation led detectives to Ashraf Sekkaki, a Belgian-Moroccan gangster currently serving 12 years in a Moroccan Gaol.
Nele Poelmans of the Judicial Authorities told VRT News that "As the investigation went on it became clear that he appeared to be leading a larger gang that included his two brothers and a number of confidents from his cell in Morocco.”
On 5 November 2014 three Dutch nationals were arrested with 935 cannabis plants in Amsterdam. Mr Sekkaki’s 25-brother Nasr-Eddine had given the order to smuggle the plants into the Netherlands. A second operation led to the arrest of another of Mr Sekkaki’s brothers who was in possesion 25,000 XTC pills.
A couple of weeks ago the police discovered that Ashraf Sekkaki had been in contact with a 38-year-old man from Antwerp. He had asked the man to deliver a large consignment of XTC pills and cocaine.
The man and a second person were arrested on 2 September in possession of 100,000 XTC pills and 1.2kg of cocaine with a street value of 600,000 euro. They have been remanded in custody by magistrates.