cocaine

Satudarah
Aug 11 '17 08:49

Tilburg can close a bar frequented by outlaw motorcycle gang Satudarah for six weeks, the court ruled on Thursday. The closure follows the discovery of two knives and about 20 bags containing residues of cocaine during a police raid in March. The court's motivation will follow later. The bar, called Drinks & Dance, must close on Friday, ANP reports.

A previous attempt to close the bar on Zevenheuvelenweg failed because the proprietor won a lawsuit against the municipality. 

1,000 kilos  of MDMA intercepted in an investigation into drug trafficking from the Netherlands to Australia, between 22 May and 18 July 2017
Aug 8 '17 15:00

An criminal gang suspected of trafficking hard drugs from the Netherlands to Australia was arrested in an international police action, the Dutch Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday. A total of 17 suspects were arrested, including two Dutch.

A 33-year-old man from Utrecht and a 47-year-old man from Huizen were arrested in the Netherlands on Tuesday. The Dutch police became involved in this case, called Operation Veyda, after the Australian police asked the Netherlands to investigate the origin of drugs trafficked to the country.

107 kilos of cocaine found in a false ceiling in a container at the port of Rotterdam, 28 Jun 2017
Jul 6 '17 09:06

Cocaine smuggling in various of the Netherlands' coastal areas is increasing considerably, according to the mayors of these areas. The problem is a "big and growing concern" and doesn't get enough priority, Rob van der Zwaag, mayor of Veere and chairman of the Association of Zeeland Municipalities, said to the Telegraaf.

Gavel
Jul 5 '17 09:50

Former customs officer Gerrit G. is appealing against the on Tuesday for drug trafficking at the port of Rotterdam, his lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers said, according to AD.

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Jul 4 '17 16:45

Former customs officer Gerrit G. was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday. According to the court, G. used his position to let , ANP reports.

107 kilos of cocaine found in a false ceiling in a container at the port of Rotterdam, 28 Jun 2017
Jun 30 '17 16:15

Authorities inspecting an empty shipping container found a large amount of cocaine concealed in a false ceiling. The hiding place was built into a into a container that was used to transport bananas to the Rotterdam port, the public prosecutor’s office revealed on Friday.

Investigators found 107 kilograms of the powder packed in shrink-wrapped bundles. They made the discovery on Wednesday at a container company in Waalhaven, Rotterdam. It was not revealed if any arrests were made in connection with the find.

The drugs were later destroyed.

Jun 29 '17 08:35

Three Dutch and one Belgian were arrested in a massive drug bust in the port of Oostende in Belgium. The Belgian authorities discovered some 1,500 kilograms of uncut cocaine in a fake bottom of an old fishing boat, according to Belgian broadcaster VTM. The drugs' value is estimated at around 225 million euros.

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Jun 27 '17 16:55

The Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested six Dutch persons in May and June after taking down an online shop for drugs. The six are suspected of running the online store, the Marechaussee said on Facebook on Tuesday.

The suspects ran the drug shop on the dark web. Drugs were sent to customers through regular parcel services, disguised as packages from other online stores. 

The suspects come from Haarlem, Lelystad and Hilversum. They are between the ages of 21 and 55 years, according to the Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military.

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Jun 13 '17 15:20

Between 2012 and 2016 alcohol consumption in Amsterdam decreased, but the use of hard drugs like ecstasy, cocaine and amphetamine increased, health service GGD revealed in its Amsterdam Health Monitor 2016, Het Parool reports.

For the Health Monitor te GGD questioned over 8,600 Amsterdam residents between the ages of 19 and 64 years about their physical and psychological health, daily habits and health care. The service then compared the results to a similar study done in 2012 and 2008. 

Police guard in a detention center
Jun 1 '17 16:30

A 30-year-old man from Nijkerk who early this year, died because of cocaine poisoning, according to the final autopsy report by the Netherlands Forensic Institute. Forensic scientists found no other reason for Bertus de Man's death, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday.

Police officer at a train station
May 30 '17 13:00

Three men from Bergen op Zoom were arrested at the Lage Zwaluwe train station last week for trying to smuggle 24 kilograms of cocaine out of the country, the police said in a statement on Tuesday. They are also suspected of money laundering. The cocaine was found in suitcases hidden on a freight train headed for Milan, Italy.

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May 17 '17 10:40

The court in Amsterdam sentenced 10 people to up to thee years in prison, up to 240 hours of community services and fines totaling in 10 thousand euros for large-scale drug trafficking and other drug related charges. The gang is best known for using crocodiles to guard their loot, Het Parool reports.

Police guard in a detention center
May 4 '17 13:40

Terrence de V., an internationally sought fugitive for a murder in Suriname, was arrested with 140 kilos of cocaine in Amsterdam last year. But due to a mistake, the Dutch authorities did not know that De V. is wanted by the Suriname police. He was released to await his trial in freedom, and disappeared without a trace, Het Parool reports.

Some 200 kilos of cocaine found on a Colombian coal carrier in the port of Rotterdam, March 2017
May 3 '17 12:25

A cargo inspector at the port of Rotterdam was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of involvement in the trafficking of nearly 200 kilograms of cocaine, the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday. The 42-year-old man from Rotterdam was connected to the discovery of cocaine in the shaft of one of the anchor chains of a Colombian coal carrier at the end of March.

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Apr 18 '17 14:50

The Dutch Navy seized a total of nearly 700 kilograms of cocaine in two separate drug busts in the Caribbean in the last 48 hours, Hart van Nederland reports.

During a shooting exercise off the coast of Curacao, Dutch frigate Zr. Ms. Van Amstel received a report of a suspicious small motorboat north of the territorial waters of Colombia. The NH-90 helicopter was deployed to find the motorboat, and Zr. Ms. Van Amstel set sail in its direction. 

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Apr 7 '17 16:50

A 27-year-old Amersfoort man was sentenced to 12 years in prison in the United Kingdom for smuggling 939 kilograms of cocaine into the country. Two accomplices, an Irishman and a Briton, were sentenced to 16 years and 14 years respectively by the court in Bristol, AD reports.

The three men were caught on their ship, Bianca, as it sailed into British water in August last year. The authorities found 28 bags of cocaine in the hold. Each bag weighed between 25 and 30 kilograms. The drugs had a street value of some 84 million pounds, or 98 million euros.

Apr 4 '17 14:30

Criminals increasingly approach Rotterdam port workers to perform odd jobs, such as approaching custom workers about not checking certain containers or asking other port employees to point pick-up-men to containers containing drugs, police chief of Zeehaven Jan Janse said to the Telegraaf. About one in seven Rotterdam port employees have been approached by a criminal at least once, the newspaper reports.

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Feb 3 '17 15:30

A new wave of assassinations seems to have hit the Nethelrands. In less than five weeks, four people were assassinated, two of them in this week, the Telegraaf reports.

Four assassinations in five weeks is a remarkably high number, given the fact that the average in the Netherlands is about eight a year. The high number is on par for the past three years. At least 60 assassinations were committed during this time. That massive increase is even more remarkable when you take into account that the total number of murders in the Netherlands decreased by about 30 percent since 2002.

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Jan 27 '17 15:30

A 31-year-old man from Amsterdam is in custody in England on suspicion of trafficking 12 kilograms of cocaine. He will remain in custody until his case goes to trial in April, Het Parool reports.

The man in question is Kevin B., a defender for the Amsterdam Crusaders - an American football team. On December 27th he flew from Breda to the Biggin Hill Airport in London where customs found 12 kilograms of cocaine in his luggage. According to the local authorities, that amount of cocain has a street value of converted 1.6 million euros in England. 

Police
Jan 26 '17 17:31

A police officer is now under suspicion of causing the death of a 68-year-old homeless man arrested in Amersfoort, Utrecht last week. The homeless man was taken into custody for public intoxication at about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 17, and the officer is accused of pushing him hard into a jail cell in the same city later that evening.

The homeless man died on Wednesday, the public prosecutor said in a statement.

The prosecutor said the suspect was not cooperating when he was pushed. He then fell and hit his head, the prosecutor's office confirmed.

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Jan 23 '17 16:00

An internationally sought drug dealer was arrested while shopping for groceries in Tilburg this weekend. The 38-year-old man is believed to be part of the mafia and was arrested at the request of the Italian authorities, NOS reports.

The Italian authorities suspect the man of heading an organization that traffics drugs - cocaine and ecstasy in particular - on Sardinia. He has both Dutch and Italian nationality and has been internationally wanted since spring last year. The man can face up to 24 years in jail in Italy.

Bertus de Man, died in police custody on 16 Jan 2017
Jan 20 '17 07:34

Bertus de Man, the Nijkerk man who din Amersfoort on Monday, died from the effects of cocaine poisoning, the Public Prosecutor announced based on the results of a toxicological study by forensic pathologists, AD reports. 

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Jan 19 '17 13:35

A 77-year-old man was one of three caught red-handed unloading nearly 4 thousand kilos of cocaine in Hazeldonk last week, the Telegraaf reports. According to the newspaper, "drug grandpa" Jan B. from Wernhout is no stranger to the police in the world of hard drugs and has been arrested several times in connection with drug cases over the years.

Jan 18 '17 16:15

Last year a total amount of 13,312 kilograms of cocaine was intercepted at the port of Rotterdam, breaking the 2013 record of 9,800 kilograms, the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday. According to the prosecutor, the number of cocaine seizures did not increase, but the size of them did.

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