DUTCH police have discovered a sickening torture chamber complete with a dentist’s chair and handcuffs linked to bust of crimelords which included British “Mr Bigs”.
One container was soundproofed, fitted with a dentist’s chair and cops found pliers and scalpels.
The grisly discovery was made last month by officers investigating leads generated from encrypted phones used by criminals that were cracked by French police.
Messages exchanged by members of the gang and intercepted by police described the warehouse as the “treatment room” and appeared to discuss holding interrogations.
One referred to a “dog”, presumably a detainee, who had gone missing.
Another said: “When I get him on the chair there will be more.”
The warehouse in Wouwse Plantage, near the Belgian border, was raided after French police cracked encrypted phone conversations, leading to hundreds of arrests, some of them in Britain.
The Dutch authorities said they found 19 drug labs, firearms, 8,000kg of cocaine and 1,200kg of crystal meth.
Detectives in the UK and the Netherlands have already made hundreds of arrests based on the encrypted messages.
As reported, ‘ICONIC’ Mr Bigs was among 746 crime lords last week snared as part of the investigation.
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Cops foiled an international crime web seizing £54million cash, 77 firearms and two tonnes of drugs after police cracked the network in what was described as akin to breaking the Enigma code.
The Wire-style sting – a two-month operation involving cops from almost every force in Britain – has now stopped 200 potential murders and kidnappings
The “underworld prison” torture cell was kitted out with a dentist’s chair along with gruesome equipment including pruning shears, a saw, scalpels and pliers aimed to maximise the agony The torture chamber was said to be hidden inside seven shipping containers following a huge hack of a Europe-wide criminal phone system.