Drug swoop

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BRUSSELS (Reuter) - Police in Italy and Belgium arrested 18 people suspected of smuggling cocaine across Europe inside the carcasses of slaughtered animals. About 150 police officers swooped on pizzerias, cafes, a garage and two company offices in Brussels at dawn, seizing money, arms and other material. police said.

The Italian Carabinieri, who co-ordinated the raids, said in Sicily that four people were arrested in Brussels and 14 in Sicily. All were Italians suspected of involvement in the Mafia and operating a drugs-smuggling ring. The swoop followed a lengthy inquiry into the drugs ring which brought Colombian cocaine into Europe through the Netherlands.