Rotterdam concerned about increasing cocaine trafficking

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Crates were used to hide Individual packages of cocaine found in a sea container at the Rotterdam port. Mar. 11, 2016 (photo: OM)Crates were used to hide Individual packages of cocaine found in a sea container at the Rotterdam port. Mar. 11, 2016 (photo: OM)

Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, the police and the Public Prosecutor in the city are concerned about the increasing cocaine trafficing through the port of Rotterdam and the consequences it will have on the city's residents, the Telegraaf reports. 

"There is so much money involved in the smuggling of cocaine that the crime that goes along with it is huge", Public Prosecutor spokesperson Jeichien de Graaff said to the Telegraaf. "We see it here in the region but also in other cities."

So far this year 12,00 kilos of cocaine was seized in the city. The average for previous years was around 8 thousand kilos. According to the newspaper, both the increase in the number of shootings in Rotterdam and the increase in assassinations in the Netherlands are related to cocaine trafficking. 

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