Belgian police hit organized crime with hundreds of raids

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police have launched an operation of unprecedented scale against organized crime. The federal prosecutor’s office says about 200 searches involving more than 1,500 police officers were being carried out Tuesday simultaneously throughout the country. Searches started at 5 a.m. According to local broadcaster RTBF, investigators are focusing on drug traffickers and a crime network with international connections. It said the searches mainly took place in Antwerp. With thousands of shipping containers reaching Antwerp every day, the Belgian port city is one of Europe’s main entry ports for cocaine.