Crates were used to hide Individual packages of cocaine found in a sea container at the Rotterdam port. Mar. 11, 2016 (photo: OM) - Credit: Crates were used to hide Individual packages of cocaine found in a sea container at the Rotterdam port. Mar. 11, 2016 (photo: OM)
Thursday, 2 June 2016 - 15:50
Large-scale cocaine trafficking a serious concern with Dutch police
The National Police are very concerned about the large amounts of cocaine coming to the Netherlands. In the past 10 months the Dutch authorities seized over 30 thousand kilos of cocaine in the country. The police believe that drug cartels in Colombia, Peru and Boliva are "changing business models", a spokesperson for the National Police said to NU.nl. Chief of the national detectives Wilbert Paulissen also noticed a change, he said to the Telegraaf. "The parties are more often very large. The demand is obviously still very significant and high risks of interception are accepted." he said. "It suggests that they apparently rely on things going well." The profits to be made with cocaine trafficking are so big that removed or arrested criminals are almost immediately replaced by other ones. The police believe that increasing the punishments for traffickers in the Netherlands may be a solution.