200 properties raided across Belgium in drugs probe

Officers of Belgium’s federal judicial police are involved in a major series of raids targeting organised crime and drug dealing.  Police have raided 200 properties in Limburg, Antwerp Province and elsewhere.  Over 1,500 officers are taking part in this operation. Colin Clapson 09:30

Federal public prosecutors launched the operation in co-operation with Antwerp prosecutors.  The first police raids started at 5AM as the curfew ended and continued all morning. 

Specialised units have been deployed. It should become clear in the course of the day whether arrests have been made and items have been seized.  Public prosecutors intend to report back on the results of the searches.