A total of 25 properties were searched in Brussels municipalities including the City of Brussels, Jette and Evere and the Walloon Brabant town of Waterloo.
The plants were being cultivated by two gangs that were operating autonomously of each other. The police found a 13 cannabis plantations, each of which consisting of between 500 and 1000 plants. A total of 8000 cannabis plants were seized as were false identity documents, 46kg of marihuana and 90,100 euro in cash. 22 people were taken in for questioning. 15 of them have been detained.
After forensic evidence had been gathered and it had been ascertained that the gangs were also guilty of the theft of electricity, officers from the Civil Defence Agency set about dismantling the plantations.
The confiscated plant were then destroyed in an incinerator. The value of the annual yield of the plants seized is estimated as being between 10 and 15 million euro.