Dutch-Polish drug gang busted; 67 tons of chemicals seized


A Dutch-Polish drug gang was busted in a combined effort by the Dutch, Polish and German police. The Dutch police raided multiple places in the south of the Netherlands on April 16th and 17th and arrested seven suspects. Another seven suspects were arrested in Poland. They are all suspected of being part of a criminal organization involved in drug trafficking and dealing in chemicals intended for the production of synthetic drugs, the police said on Friday.

The seven arrests in the Netherlands were made in Eindhoven, Venlo, Zaltbommel and Weert. Five of the suspects were remanded into custody. Two were released, but remain suspects. 

The police raided buildings in Eindhoven, Venlo, Zaltbommel, Weert, Waalre, Uden, Odiliapeel, Den Bosch, Son, Best, Oss, Schijndel and Echt. Officers seized encrypted cellphones, four firearms including a riot gun, 15 watches, four drug labs, 67 tons of chemicals, over a hundred kilograms of MDMA crystals, 57 liters of MDMA oil, a thousand liters of BMK, 32 liters PMK, three vans, a stolen car, seven e-bikes, and seven trailers containing hardware for the construction of drug labs. 

This investigation started when the Polish police informed the Dutch authorities about a criminal organization of Poles and Dutch suspected of involvement in the trade in chemicals for drug production as well as the production of synthetic drugs. 

The Polish police arrested seven suspects and confiscated 17,500 liters of chemicals, 4 kilos of amphetamine and 100 thousand euros in cash. The German police seized 7,500 liters of chemicals near Osnabruck.