First verdict in major Pandora investigation: five years in prison


A 21-year-old man from Venlo has been sentenced to 5 years in prison by the court in Roermond. The court declares proven that the man committed extortion and aggravated theft, issued counterfeit money and was in possession of large amounts of narcotics. It is the first judgment in a major case that has been picked up by Pandora, the partnership of the Public Prosecution Service, the Municipality of Venlo, the Tax Authorities and the Police.

A year ago, on February 12, 2020, the man was arrested in his home in Blerick. At the time, he was the prime suspect in an investigation into extortion and counterfeit money. During a search of the suspect’s home, the police found 7.5 kg of amphetamine, XTC tablets and a sum of money. On Friday, February 19, 2021, the court ruled in this case.

Purchase phones with counterfeit money

In the summer of 2019, police started an investigation after an extortion case in which a boy was forced to withdraw money from his account. The investigation led to the arrested prime suspect. During the investigation, it turned out that the suspect was using counterfeit money to buy telephones over the internet. A total of twelve injured parties have reported to the police that they received counterfeit money for their phones that they had sold over the internet. The victims live in Brabant and Limburg.

We knew it was going to be big

Bram, research leader at the Pandora team, looks back on a special investigation. “It was a bull’s eye. We knew it would be big if we could arrest this suspect. ” The collaboration with the municipality was of great value in this case. The municipality has taken its directing role very well. The cooperation between the various organizations involved was very strong. In this way, for example, input was provided to the probation service for the benefit of the advisory report. Ilse Kessen, coordinator of the administrative approach of the municipality of Venlo: ‘this case clearly demonstrates that good cooperation between the various instances of the Pandora team leads to results!’

Pandora, from unrest to tranquility in the neighborhood!

Pandora is the neighborhood-oriented approach in which the police, the municipality of Venlo, the Public Prosecution Service and the Tax and Customs Administration work closely together to increase the safety and quality of life in the neighborhood. Crime must be stopped. Life in the neighborhood must become more pleasant, more enjoyable and safer for the residents of the neighborhood. From unrest to peace in the neighborhood! Pandora focuses on several neighborhoods in the municipality of Venlo. At the moment the focus is on Blerick and in particular on the Shrove Tuesday camp. In addition to an investigation by the police, it is important that residents report suspicious situations. Reporting or reporting pays off!

First verdict in major Pandora investigation: five years in prison
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