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Powerboatracer gets eight years in prison after discovery of 1.5 tons of cocaine behind a false wall in his fishing boat
Ostend, Nico H. (58), a powerboatracer from Ostend, has eight years in prison gekrege. On his fishing boat Bounty II was behind a false wall of over one and a half tonnes of cocaine with a street value of 225 million euros found. The Dutch partner of the Oostendenaar as the leader of the gang of eight-year cell.

[jurist report] to eight years and nearly 1.5 million euros of drug money is confiscated. These are the penalties that the Bruges criminal court the gang of Marnix V. R. (53) from the Dutch city of Almere Oostendenaar Nico H. (58) on. The investigation of the two went to the end of 2015 start. The business partners had at that time two boats in their possession which, according to the public prosecutor dropped packages of cocaine oppikten at sea.


“HetMaritiem Information Crossroad (MIK), on January 29, 2016 finds that one of the boats in the wake of a large ship run,” said prosecutor Christophe Bergez. “The foreign vaarpatroon which has subsequently been adopted, be according to the AIM at a possible drop-off. The next day, washed 350 kilos of cocaine on the beaches of Westkapelle, just across the Dutch border. Perhaps one of the ships of H. and V. R. the package missed.”

The investigating judge decided, after the wash up of the drugs, the phones and expenses of Nico H. and Marnix V. R., under the microscope. There were huge amounts on their accounts. The two made a big show with the money. Nico H. invested in the purchase and sale of boats. His wife bought with the money a Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

Huge drugsvangst

“Shortly after the crest of the cocaine bought Nico H. the Bounty II. The boat departed on 6 may last year to cape Verde and more in the port of Mindelo, where Nico H. was also present. On may 29 left the Bounty again in the direction of Ostend.” Upon arrival at the Henry Baelskaai in Ostend fell on the officers of the fishing boat. First, they found nothing, but at the second attempt, they found 1.538,2 kilograms of cocaine, packaged in 65 bags behind a false wall in the ship. The drugs had a street value of no less than 225 million euro. “Nico H. was responsible for the financial and logistical side of the traffic,” said Bergez. “He gave instructions to his crew and was an excellent powerboatracer an expert in boats. He helped, for example, with the placement of the false wall.”

Eight-year prison

Nico H. and Marnix V. R. were leaders of the drugsbende eight years in prison. The wife of H. comes away with a fine of 4.000 euro, of which she is the half effective have to pay. Her Ferrari 430 Scuderia she is allowed to keep. The court declared the sports car is not forfeited. The mate of the Bounty was given five years in prison, half of them with delay. Another crew member got four years, half of them with delay. Two Polish crew members were on the whole line acquitted. The bookkeeper of the gang got finally a year cell, the half with the delay.

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