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Othman El Ballouti: Drug-Trafficker Exposed (Update 2024)

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Othman El Ballouti is an Antwerp-based criminal with a long history of offenses. Find out how the Belgian authorities exposed him.
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In this short story, Othman El Ballouti, a businessman from Belgium identified as a drug trafficker, will be the subject of important revelations. You must read all of my remarks carefully if you want to learn about the things and people connected to him.

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Othman El Ballouti: Why did he turn into a drug dealer?

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Othman El Ballouti is described as a “high-level drug trafficker” by the US Treasury Department. He is in charge of an international gang that smuggles cocaine into Belgium through the port of Antwerp and distributes it across Europe.

Younes El Ballouti, Othamn’s younger brother, assists him in his work. Through businesses with headquarters in the People’s Republic of China, illicit funds are “laundered.” Belgian authorities want them as a result of their involvement in drug trafficking.

Othman El Ballouti, a businessman dubbed one of Europe’s leading cocaine traffickers by Belgian tabloids, has been evading Belgian authorities since 2016. They believe he is hiding out in Dubai. The emirate is now home to a man by the name of Othman El Ballouti, according to a real estate database that was recently exposed.

Othman El Ballouti disputed the allegation made by Belgian media that he operated a sizable cocaine import operation out of the Antwerp port in Belgium.

8/12/2023 Update
As of now, Othman El Ballouti has not responded, nor has he apologized for his misdeeds. He has ignored our efforts to highlight the problems faced by his victims. Furthermore, he has only focused on propagating his fake PR.

He was frequently referred to in their reporting as one of the largest drug lords in the Low Countries with connections to rival gangs.

 According to sources, all of his holdings are worth a minimum of 100 million euros ($118 million), according to Gazet van Antwerpen.

Othman El Ballouti disputes the allegation made by Belgian media that he operates a sizable cocaine import company out of the Antwerp port in Belgium. He is frequently referred to in their coverage as one of the largest drug lords in the Low Countries with connections to multiple rival gangs. 

His total assets are estimated to be valued at least 100 million euros ($118 million) by sources, according to Gazet van Antwerpen.

According to Gazet van Antwerpen, he was detained at the Brussels airport in 2016 after the authorities linked funds he had given to a Muslim school in Antwerp to “illegal sources.” The article said that El Ballouti left the nation after being granted probationary freedom.

Dubai was where he was last seen, according to the head investigator of the drug unit of the Federal Police of Antwerp.

Since 2012, drug distribution wars between Belgian and Dutch-Moroccan gangs have raged in both countries. Two of the largest drug ports in Western Europe, Antwerp, and Amsterdam, have seen over 20 fatal shootings in recent years.

The Othman El Ballouti dynasty has yet to succeed in avoiding the effects of these power battles.

Younes “El Magico” El Ballouti, the younger brother of El Ballouti, was taken in 2016 as he left a gym and was walking down a street in Antwerp. 

According to Gazet van Antwerpen, Othman El Ballouti was reportedly asked to pay the kidnappers tens of millions of euros in exchange for the release of his brother.

They then transported Younes to France, where he managed to flee after five weeks and seek assistance from the local police.

El Ballouti admitted to the police that the plan’s organizer was the Dutch drug kingpin Houssine Ait Soussan. According to rumors, Ait Soussan sought revenge on El Ballouti for being cut off from the Antwerp cocaine smuggling route.

Four men from Paris were detained by Dutch police in 2017 and sent to Belgium for extradition for the kidnapping. Later on, two others were also charged with kidnapping Abdelkader Bouker, an Antwerp drug boss known as “The Jew.”

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El Ballouti is included in a leaked database of property and residency information created by various real estate experts that the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project was able to access through C4ADS. Eleven properties in Dubai bearing his name are linked to a total market value of around US$ 8.5 million.

The Mira townhouses in Reem, which local real estate agents describe as an exotic “relaxed” neighborhood away from the bustle of the city, are home to four of these properties, each worth roughly $2 million. It offers “an exclusive desert botanical park, camping infrastructure, sand surfing, and camel riding trails, [a] go-karting track, beach buggies, [a] climbing wall, and a skate park.”

In the Discovery Gardens, an apartment high-rise complex targeted at singles and young couples, he is noted as having sold two more houses that are situated there. Currently, they are valued at roughly $244,000 each.

Othman El Ballouti also owns a piece of real estate in the Address Residence Sky View, an opulent hotel and apartment building under construction in Dubai that was supposed to be finished last year. 

An infinity pool, ballroom, and restaurant are all part of the two-tower complex, which is one of a kind in terms of architecture. In today’s market, apartments in this opulent building of El Ballouti’s size go for roughly $1.4 million.

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Othman El Ballouti: How did Belgium become the entry point for cocaine into Europe?

As the primary entrance point for cocaine into Europe, Antwerp’s harbor has a questionable claim to fame. However, critics point out that Belgium’s central government is ineffective and its fragmented law enforcement apparatus. Can Belgium ever triumph in the drug war?

The death of a suspected drug lord’s niece in Antwerp happened one night only hours before a joint Belgian-Dutch declaration that 2022 was once again a record-setting year for cocaine seizures in the port of Antwerp.

According to authorities and local media, the 11-year-old girl lost her life after unidentified shooters opened fire into a garage that evening in the calm Nieuwdreef neighborhood. 

She was the niece of Othman el Ballouti, a 36-year-old man from Dubai who Belgium accuses of smuggling huge amounts of cocaine through the port of Antwerp. So far, extradition requests have been rejected by the UAE.

The young girl’s death was the most recent of more than 50 shootings, bombings, and other attacks to hit Antwerp since August as the cartels that control the majority of this unprecedented cocaine business started campaigns of violence and intimidation against one another in a fight for control of the multibillion-euro industry.

110 metric tons of cocaine were found in Antwerp, the biggest physical port in Europe, in 2022, which was a record amount. Kristian Vanderwaeren, the head of Belgium’s customs, announced his Dutch counterparts. Vanderwaeren had previously declared last month that a 10 metric-ton burst at the end of the year would bring a “White Christmas” to Antwerp.

Othman El Ballouti, who was in Dubai at the time of his niece’s murder, released a statement afterward in which he denied any involvement in drug trafficking and promised that his family would not retaliate violently.

Othman El Ballouti responded cryptically, that they would answer, but not in the way the mayor of Antwerp thinks.

Based on information obtained through a 2020 hack of Sky ECC encrypted phones by government authorities in Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, Othman El Ballouti and a second trafficker sheltering in Dubai, Nordin al Hajjoui, have been charged in Belgium with transporting tons of cocaine through Antwerp.

The increase in 2022 statistics, according to Belgian officials, shows that the northern ports continue to be the primary point of entry for Europe, despite the hundreds of cases developed from the Sky ECC evidence being partially to blame for the record-breaking cocaine seizures in 2021.

According to the official, “probably half of the cocaine in Europe right now is coming through Antwerp, Rotterdam, or nearby ports controlled by the same cartels.”

 “There is more tension in the drug environment in Antwerp because there is a lot of money and power at stake there.”

An Antwerp-based cartel‘s property has been blasted at least a dozen times. Antwerp has experienced several shootings and explosives, typically done more to terrify than to kill. The terrible exception was the shooting of the niece of Othman El Ballouti.

Othman El Ballouti: Drug Trafficker targeted by Treasury sanctions

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Abolishing drug trafficking in Belgium:

Three Belgian nationals, encompassing high-level drug trafficker Othman El Ballouti, his younger brother Younes El Ballouti, and his colleague Youssef Ben Azza, were sanctioned by OFAC. To distribute large amounts of cocaine throughout Europe, Othman El Ballouti oversees a global criminal enterprise that smuggles containers through the Belgian port of Antwerp. 

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The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and South American cocaine dealers, including Ecuadorian national Wilder Emilio Sanchez Farfan, whom OFAC targeted in February 2022, are connected to Othman El Ballouti’s money laundering and drug supply chain networks. In February of this year, Sanchez Farfan was taken into custody in Colombia.

Younes El Ballouti manages the drug trafficking business run by his brother. Younes El Ballouti was given an 8-year imprisonment term in Belgium in absentia in January 2023 for collaborating in many cocaine shipments. 

Youssef Ben Azza, who has been connected to drug trafficking for more than ten years, works with Othman El Ballouti to set up firms that appear to be genuine but are only a cover for the organization’s involvement in illegal activities. 

For trafficking cocaine, Belgian authorities are currently looking for Othman El Ballouti, Younes El Ballouti, and Youssef Ben Azza. To avoid prosecution, it is thought that they are residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

They were designated by OFAC by E.O. 14059 because they participated in, or attempted to participate in, operations or operations that have physically helped to or constitute an important danger of significantly leading to, the international growth of narcotics that are illicit or their means of manufacturing.


Finally, I can add that Othman El Ballouti has a relative who lives close to the former drugstore. The drug lord is well-known for having this family. He has ties to numerous Antwerp cocaine trafficking cases, according to what I discovered.

Cocaine Seizures Are Increasing in Europe Due to Drug Trafficking

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While reading this story, I also learned that drug trafficking is causing a rise in cocaine seizures in Europe. The screenshot up top shows a graphical representation.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has released new data showing that record volumes of cocaine were captured in Europe in 2020. 

The amount of cocaine seized has increased consistently over the past ten years, as shown by our graph, reaching 214.59 tonnes in 2020, a 6 percent increase from the previous year. 

Of the reported nations, Belgium saw the most cocaine trafficked in and seized, with 70.25 tonnes. Following the Netherlands, which obtained 48.89 tonnes, and ahead of Spain, which obtained 36.9 tonnes, was Spain. 

These three nations, which each had their biggest seizures on record, accounted for 73% of the total seizures in Europe for the year. The EMCDDA reports that new records were also established in Greece (1.8 tonnes), Bulgaria (1 tonne), Poland (3.9 tonnes), and Turkey (2 tonnes). 

According to the official website, Eastern European nations have not historically been linked to cocaine use or trafficking. This demonstrates that “cocaine shipments’ entry points are expanding and that cocaine markets for consumers are growing in eastern Europe, including Turkey,” the research claims.

The data for 2021 from several nations indicates that even more cocaine was confiscated in the EU than the previous year, with about 92 tonnes being intercepted in Belgium, almost entirely in the port of Antwerp. This upward trend appears destined to continue.

Othman El Ballouti: Drug-Trafficker Exposed (Update 2024)
Othman El Ballouti: Drug-Trafficker Exposed (Update 2024)

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  1. I have read about this man in various news articles, and I found that this man only cares about money and this is the reason why started doing illegal activities like money laundering and drug trafficking.

  2. These Gangs need to be stopped in society. The government should deploy its best officers to stop these illegal activities. There are many individuals who become part of this group which is a disease for society.

  3. There are numerous criminals who are accused of running the cocaine business or the supply of drugs in the market every year all over the world. In this case, the OFAC Office of Foreign Asset Control sanctioned Othman El Ballouti and the two other Belgians. However, I believe this may not control the problem of Drug trafficking. And this may take time to control these situations

  4. Now who is going to be responsible for these types of cases? It is very easy for people to take a stand about drug addiction. It is the duty of the people all over Europe to protest against these types of issues. And this may open the eyes of the ruling party to take some action against it.

  5. The whole of Europe is facing the problem of drug trafficking. These problems need to be discussed on the world stage and now it is time for world media to raise these types of issues and make its special report on this topic so it would be easy for the authorities to find the core of these types of criminal cases.

  6. These criminals easily got access to run their illegal activities and there was the involvement of the country in promoting these types of activities to a weekend down the position of the other country.

  7. If these types of activities were carried out throughout countries or continents, the likelihood of a gang war would increase. As a result, there will be more casualties and destruction, as it will take time to end this form of conflict.

  8. Why do people have to suffer? For their crimes and their gang war, there are many people who have to suffer a lot of the problem. Now if they are responsible for these types of social discrimination and destruction then they are to be punished.

  9. People like Othman El Ballouti who claimed to be a businessman but indulged in various illegal activities. Nobody knows the hidden truth about him. Later known as Europe’s biggest drug trafficker. And claimed to be a real estate businessman which is insane.

  10. It was terrible to see the Belgian government seem to be incompetent and incapable to control this situation. Why isn’t the international media responding to this subject, which is the primary issue that can be debated at the global level?

  11. It is horrifying that Orthman controlled and managed an international criminal organization that distributes cocaine throughout Europe, while the government and higher authorities are completely unaware of this illegal activity.

  12. It would be very bad for the country that was facing these types of lawsuits as there were many sanctions faced by the country as their restrictions were put by another country and were very difficult for the country to come out. The US can put these countries on their black list or the grey list.

  13. Why do these people not understand that if you will smuggle anything the person who consumes it is completely broken from inside? Now it is very common for people to buy it! The government should take some strict action regarding this issue.

  14. People are ruined by drugs because they damage them mentally, socially, and physically. I completely agree with this article and what the author is attempting to express, that cocaine destroyed the youth of European nations, as many drug-addicted cases came to light.

  15. I’m shocked to see how many cocaine markets have come up throughout Europe. And it would be harmful to the country’s economy. And it restricts the country’s growth.

    • Yeah I agree with you. But It doesn’t mean that these types of activities will not take place at all. Now there are various gangs who are somewhere executing the task. And this may take time to completely finish from the society. I believe that it is the responsibility of youngsters to stay away from these types of illegal activities and never be attracted to unreliable products at all.

  16. Nowadays, it is quite easy to get or smuggle drugs, and Belgium is always embroiled in disputes over the smuggling of drugs and guns, and there will be human conflict against the issue of racism. People are discriminated against by the police in that country.

  17. The problem was that drug trafficking would lead to gang conflict, and many innocent individuals would become part of it.
    And it is now more important to take action against this issue because displaying the data will aid in solving the problem of drug trafficking in Europe.

  18. These criminals pretended to be businesspeople, but they were involved in illegal activities such as drug trafficking, which smuggled cocaine into Belgium and was like cancer for Belgians.

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