‘Super cartel’ with Edin G. and Zouhair B. broken up in Dubai: ‘A third of the European coke trade’ | Instagram

With videoDubai has arrested two Dutch people for large-scale international drug trafficking. They are Edin G. (40) and Zouhair B. (37). A total of 49 people were arrested, who together, according to Europol, ran a ‘super cartel’, accounting for a third of the cocaine trade in Europe.

Chiel Timmermans, Tom van der Meer

28 Nov. 2022

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The Dutch Public Prosecution Service cooperated with investigative services from Spain, France, Belgium, the US and the United Arab Emirates, among others. The men who were arrested for the Netherlands have a considerable criminal record, according to the summary made by the judiciary. They belong to a network that was in charge of “large-scale” drug imports, of which the investigative services have intercepted about 30 tons.

The first man is 40-year-old Dutch Bosnian Edin G. A man who has been active in the drug world for decades and is the head of the Tito and Dino gang. Research from this site previously showed that the American investigation service DEA considers Edin G. as one of the fifty largest drug traffickers in the world.

Europol published this photo with the report about the arrest of important European criminals in Dubai. The exact arrest is not stated. © Guardia Civil/Europol

According to the Americans, Edin G., who grew up in Breda, was part of a European supercartel that operated from Dubai. He is said to have collaborated with, among others, Ridouan Taghi and leaders from the Italian and Irish underworld. This ‘super cartel’ is held responsible by the investigative services for a third of the European cocaine trade.

The Public Prosecution Service suspects G. of a leading role in the import of, among other things, 1800 kilos of coke via the port of Hamburg in 2020. He may have organized and paid for the import of almost 750 kilos of coke via South Africa to Rotterdam. In addition, he is said to have brought in 8,000 kilos of raw material for amphetamine via the port of Antwerp.

Wanted by Interpol

The second suspect is said to be 37-year-old Dutch Moroccan Zouhair B. He was arrested two weeks ago, on November 16, in Dubai and is still detained there. He is being prosecuted in Rotterdam for importing thousands of kilograms of cocaine through the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, participating in a criminal organization, laundering a lot of money, official corruption and possession of firearms.

Until 2018, B. was a director of a management company in Rotterdam. His name appears, among other things, in a drug investigation in which 1329 kilos of cocaine was intercepted in the port of Rotterdam. The drugs, with a street value of 99 million euros, were hidden in a shipment of Brazilian coffee beans. B. is said to have had a coordinating role and has been wanted by Interpol since April 2022. Fourteen other suspects were previously arrested in that investigation.

Expensive cars from the YouTube video that Europol published of the arrest in Dubai. © Screen shot video

49 arrests

The two came into the picture through encrypted messages that the police deciphered; the so-called Sky chats. In the investigation, a total of 49 people were arrested for the Netherlands, Spain, France and Belgium, including four others in Dubai.

How much money was involved in the cartel is shown by images that Europol published this morning of this ‘Operation Desert Light’. It shows dozens of expensive cars in a garage, but also luxury houses with a swimming pool.

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