Mocro-mafiaThe growing mafia at the gates of Luxembourg
A network of ultra-violent drug traffickers, the mocro-mafia threatens the minister and the royal family in Belgium and the Netherlands. Spared for the moment, Luxembourg is still suffering the indirect effects of the scale of these groups.
The Minister of Justice victim of a kidnapping project in Belgium, the Dutch Crown Princess Amalia entrenched in the palace, because threatened, and a name that arouses fear in the heart of Europe: the mocro-mafia, a group of Moroccan mafia organizations specializing in drug trafficking in the Netherlands and Belgium. For several months, the threat has gone up a notch with the declared desire of these networks to attack the highest symbols of the States in which they are active.
Considering their proximity, can Luxembourg be worried by the new scope of these violent groups? At first no. Grand-Ducal Police, Customs and Excise Administration and Ministry of Internal Security, all authorities questioned by The essential are formal: there is no indication that such structures operate on Luxembourg territory. However, this does not mean that Luxembourg is not indirectly affected by the activity of these criminal groups.
“It is very likely that the narcotics available on the Luxembourg market come to us from countries where structures that can be described as ”mafia” are active”, indicates the police. All eyes are on the Netherlands. By the admission of Paul Felten, head of the anti-drug and sensitive products service at customs, most drug dealers get their supplies there”, exclusively on the underground market after importing the production of the Colombian cartels via the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp (BE).
The phenomenon “followed” by the police
Large-scale trafficking, in which large quantities of narcotics not intended for the Luxembourg market also pass through Luxembourg. The Grand Duchy pays for its geographical location and its proximity to the aforementioned “hubs”. At the risk of suffering the full force of the violence of the mafias involved. For the time being, the country remains spared, but the police “follow the evolution of the phenomena which occur abroad”.
This requires more collaboration within the Benelux – cooperation has intensified according to the police and “works very well” (see below), according to customs and excise – and a proportionate political response. The need for targeted action in response to these threats “has not been felt”, but “they are the subject of regular exchanges between Minister Henri Kox and his Belgian and Dutch counterparts”, warns the Minister of Homeland Security.
Also because these mafia networks “do not care about borders”, notes Paul Felten. Faced with the relative powerlessness of the authorities – around 10% of the quantities of drugs in transit are said to be seized – can the solution be found at European level? Questioned on the subject, MEP Charles Goerens (DP) puts forward several ideas: “Getting drugs off the black market by allowing ”controlled” consumption, developing a merciless fight against organized crime, but also cooperating with countries of production”.
A cooperation that works
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