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Paris Attack Suspect Paid 'Soft Drug' Fine in the Netherlands Last February

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    AMSTERDAM - Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam was fined for drug possession in the Netherlands in February, Dutch police said on Wednesday. Abdeslam, his brother, and a third man, were stopped near the Belgian border during a routine check, a Dutch police statement said.

    He was fined 70 euros ($75) for possession of "soft drug," meaning either cannabis or hashish, while driving back to Belgium.

    Abdeslam, 26, a Belgian-based Frenchman, is sought by French police, who say he played a central role in planning and executing the attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 that killed 129 people. Dutch police said there was no warrant out for his arrest at the time of the drugs offense in February. They added there was currently no known direct link between the suspects in the Paris attacks and radical networks in the Netherlands.

    Abdeslam had run a bar in the Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek with his brother Brahim - who blew himself up in the Paris attacks - but it was closed down after police found young men dealing drugs and smoking dope over the summer.

    By Anthony Deutsch - Business Insider/Nov. 18, 2015
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


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