Operation Rente, or “Retirement,” had been monitoring the family's movements since January. According to police, the woman's 49-year-old son and 25-year-old grandson were dealing with her in Solingen. The two men face between five and 15 years in prison.
“The provided Solingen with Heroin, probably for decades,” a police spokesperson said.
Officers confiscated three kilogrammes of heroin worth €70,000, a small amount of cocaine and two firearms last Tuesday after witnessing a drug deal in Rotterdam. The suspects were apprehended on the A3 motorway near Langenfeld.
“None of them work,” the spokesperson said of the family. The 49-year-old was registered as having retired early.
Police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia were tipped off to the drug ring by another suspect during a criminal trial.
The octogenarian admitted to dealing heroin and was released from jail pending trial.