Drugs

German police intercept 5,000 Trump-shaped ecstasy pills stamped with NL on the A30 near Osnabrück, 21 Aug 2017
Aug 22 '17 08:43

On Monday afternoon the German police arrested a father and son on the A30 after finding 5 thousand ecstasy pills shaped like Donald Trump's head in their car. NL is stamped on the back of the pills, Osnabrück police said on Facebook.

The 57-year-old father and 17-year-old son were pulled over near Osnabrück. According to the German police, the orange colored pills are worth about about 39 thousand euros. A large amount of money was also found in the car.

The two were on their way back from the Netherlands, where they wanted to buy a car, they told the police. 

Joey Hoffmann
Aug 7 '17 15:15

The Turkish police will soon launch a new search for missing from Haaksbergen, police chief and investigation leader Zafer Senocak said on Monday. "Do not think we're giving up, the investigation continues with full force", he said, according to AD.

7,000 liters of hydrochloric acid found in a van and barn on Raakeindse Kerkweg in Molenschot, 1 Aug 2017
Aug 2 '17 11:50

The police seized 7 thousand liters of hydrochloric acid in a barn in Molenschot, Noord-Brabant on Tuesday. Investigators believe the substance was intended for the production of synthetic drugs, the police said in a statement on Wednesday. A 35-year-old man from Ulicoten was arrested.

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Jul 24 '17 12:10

A death threat directed at Woerden mayor Victor Molkenboer was spray-painted on the Hollandbaan in Woerden. The text, which also declares war on the police and mayor, was signed "regards drug dealers", according to RTV Utrecht.

"Molkenboer retirement or death", the text read. And: "You will burn."

Jul 24 '17 08:10

One in eight Roosendaal residents said they experienced many problems with drug use or drug trade in their neighborhood last year - the biggest proportion of all larger municipalities in the Netherlands, according to Statistics Netherlands' Safety Monitor. The rest of the top six is made up of Limburg's four largest municipalities and Rotterdam.

The Dutch police take down illegal dark web trading site Hansa, 20 Jul 2017
Jul 21 '17 07:45

The Dutch police, in cooperation with the FBI, took down an international illegal market on the dark web, the police announced in a statement on Thursday. A large number of traders of drugs, jewels and counterfeit goods were arrested, NOS reports.

Early last month the Canadian, American and Thai authorities took down illegal trading place Alphabay. After that many users turned to Hansa, which was now taken down by the Dutch police. That seems to have been part of the plan, because the police managed to track down traders and buyers by keeping the site running for a month.

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Jul 20 '17 10:11

Dutch prisons and psychiatric institutions where convicts undergo mandatory treatment are having trouble preventing drug use among their charges. Last year many thousands of drug tests came back positive and the use of cannabis and cocaine is increasing alarmingly, ANP reports based on urine test results the news wire requested from the Ministry of Security and Justice.

Enschede police posts footage of drug-addled man on Facebook, July 2017
Jul 17 '17 11:50

The Enschede police posted a video on Facebook of a man under the influence of drugs having convulsions on the floor. "Luckily we were there on time", the police wrote. While the post received many positive responses, some criticized it as being disrespectful and tasteless, RTL Nieuws reports.

The post was intended as a warning that drugs can be dangerous. The man was taken to hospital by ambulance. 

"It's unnecessary and has a high level of sensation", one commenter criticized. "And that by the police, who should be protecting us."

Crime scene tape
Jul 13 '17 10:45

A 36-year-old man was injured when he was hit over te head with an unknown object in Oosterparkwijk, Groningen on Wednesday night. The police initially stated that the Groningen man was attacked with an axe, but later said that the type of weapon used is unclear.

The victim was rushed to the hospital. On Thursday morning the police confirmed that he is in a stable condition.

The attack happened on Hortensiastraat. Officers closed down the street for investigation and spoke to local residents and witnesses. The police are looking for multiple perpetrators. 

Flag of Jihad
Jun 21 '17 15:50

Photos are circulating on the internet of young people posing with drugs and jihad flags at the Nijmegen juvenile detention center De Hunnerberg. The Ministry of Security and Justice confirmed that the photos were taken in the institution, but added that they were taken in 2014, before the asylum crisis, Omroep Gelderland reports.

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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. 

Cannabis
May 18 '17 14:05

From September Limburg farmers will use drones to find illegal cannabis plantations on their land, the Limburg agricultural and horticultural union LLTB announced. According to the union, this is the first such project in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

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May 18 '17 11:45

The approach to fighting contraband in Dutch prisons is not effective enough, according to a report by the Inspectorate for Security and Justice. Prison staff don't have enough time and find it increasingly difficult to keep contraband like drugs and cellphones outside prison walls, the Inspectorate concludes, ANP reports.

The Inspectorate investigated seven prisons. The researchers concluded that prison staff are actively involved in counteracting contraband smuggling and there is no suggestion of a free trafficking market. But improvements are necessary. 

Police
Apr 18 '17 09:25

Packets of what is believed to be drugs were found washed up at various locations along the coast of Zeeland and around Eemshaven in Groningen on Sunday. Whether there is a connection between the packets is being investigated, ANP reports.

The police called on citizens to report any washed up packets to emergency line 112. 

Ecstasy lab found in home on Rapenlandstraat in Eindhoven, 19 Feb 2017
Mar 28 '17 12:40

Drug criminals seem to be moving their activities from the southern parts of the Netherlands to the rest of the country, especially when it comes to ecstasy, the police concluded from the latest figures on ecstasy, RTL Nieuws reports.

Automatic weapons found in a flower truck on the A1 in Apeldoorn, heading towards Germany
Feb 23 '17 13:35

Two men were arrested on the A1 in Apeldoorn on Tuesday night after the police found four automatic firearms, about 110 kilos of amphetamine and about 160 kilos of hash and hemp hidden among a shipment of flowers in their truck, the police announced.

The truck of flowers, on its way to Germany, was searched around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday. When checking the cargo area, the police noticed a large box containing what looked like a firearm among the flowers. Closer inspection showed that it was an automatic firearm.

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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.

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.

Ambulance
Jan 3 '17 15:40

Two young girls from Zwanenburg, who were , are doing "reasonably well", the police said in a statemetn. They are both still in the hospital, the mother of one of the girls said to RTV Noord-Holland. 

Ambulance
Jan 3 '17 07:52

Two girls aged 11 and 12 years old were rushed to the hospital on Monday night after they became ill from eating pills they found on the street in Zwanenburg, Noord-Holland. The police can't yet say what drugs were involved, a spokesperson said to NU.nl.

Jdesse Boerenveen
Dec 23 '16 14:30

A dead man found in the Almere Haven on Thursday was identified as 40 year old Jdesse Boerenveen, who had been missing since December 1st. It is believed that he was in debt to drug pushers and that they kidnapped him, Het Parool reports.

According to the newspaper, Boerenveen was held in a garage in Wormerveer after his disappearance. A video surfaced of a man and a woman beating him and demanding money from him. On the video the woman can be heard shouting: "Where is my money, dirty crook. You're going nowhere. You are trapped in a dungeon with a few Moroccans at home."

Dec 13 '16 09:33

Cocaine use in the cities of Utrecht and Eindhoven increased significantly over the past year, according to the European agency for drugs and drug addiction EMCDDA based on a study on drugs in the sewage of cities, ANP reports. 

In Utrecht the amount of cocaine residue found in the sewage was twice as high as last year. According to the researchers' calculations, about half a kilo of cocaine is used in the city each day. In Eindhoven that number is slightly higher. 

Police officers prepare to raid a sauna club in Roermond as part of a Satudarah money laundering investigation, 26 Nov 2016
Nov 28 '16 09:17

On Saturday the police searched several locations in Limburg in a large investigation into the laundering of dirty money from motorcycle gang Satudarah. One of these locations was a sauna club in Roermond. So far no arrests were made, the police said on Sunday.

Ecstasy pill that contains a fatal dose of PMMA (Photo: NFI/Trimbos Institute)
Oct 21 '16 14:38

The Trimbos institute issued a "red alert" warning on Thursday for dangerous ecstasy pills that contain a fatal dose of PMMA. The institute found numerous of these red pills with a Superman logo on both sides.

Ecstasy pills often contains PMMA, but this is an "extremely high dose", a spokesperson for Trimbos said to RTL Nieuws. This high dose triggered the institute to issue the national warning. Trimbos expects to know more about the pills during the course of Friday, but issued the warning immediately due to the Amsterdam Dance Event that started on Wednesday.

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