Belgium: Owner of cannabis plantations may get 4 years

The public prosecutor requested 4 years in prison for the manager and initiator of several cannabis plantations at criminal court trial in Liege on Monday.

A total of 8 plantations were dismantled after bringing in a profit estimated at 524,000 euros over the course of several months. 20 other defendants are facing prison sentences of between 6 and 30 months. 8 cannabis plantations were dismantled in the Liège and Ghent areas late 2014. The plantations were managed by an organised Turkish-Vietnamese network.

A man called Attila ran the network with the support of several intermediaries who helped him put in place plantations inside various rented buildings. The key men were Turkish. Lower in the chart were Vietnamese from Hungary, who specialised in growing the plants. They were being exploited, earning only 800 euros per month. A 524,000-euro profit was allegedly made with 8 plantations in 7 months.

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