On Saturday police in Ravels received a call about a white van that was parked on the village square in breach of a temporary parking ban. The parking ban was in force to allow for the construction of a stage that was to be used for a music festival.
The Mayor of Ravels Walter Luyten (Christian democrat) told VRT News that "When the police wanted to check the vehicle the owner or the driver turned up. However, he ran away when he saw the police”.
The police officers found several barrels containing waste from the production of synthetic drugs in the back of the van.
"We deployed a sniffer dog to try and trace the owner or driver of the van. However, he had disappeared without a trace”, Mr Luyten added.