Cannabis

Cannabis
Oct 30 '17 14:50

A 37-year-old Dutch man was arrested on Bali with 2 liters of cannabis oil in his possession. He was arrested in Batu Belig on Sunday, immediately after taking possession of the cannabis oil, RTL Nieuws reports.

The suspect has been living in a villa in Batu Belig, a town north of Kuta, for two years, according to the broadcaster. He was under surveillance by the Indonesian authorities for some time. The Dutch man has not yet been charged.

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Oct 23 '17 16:00

A drug lab was found in a garage behind a home on Brederolaan in Etten-Leur on Monday morning. Two people, a man and a woman, were arrested, a police spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl.

A large hole was dug into the floor of the garage, according to BN De Stem. Local residents told the newspaper that this hole was a recent addition - a container of sand was recently driven away. Exactly what the hole was used for, is not clear.

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Oct 11 '17 13:50

A 68-year-old retired Dutch man and his 71-year-old wife were arrested in Norway early in September for trying to smuggle 100 kilograms of cannabis into the country, RTL Nieuws reports based on stories in Norwegian media. The drugs were hidden in secret compartments in a car they tried to take into Norway by ferry.

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Oct 10 '17 17:00

Six people were arrested in connection with a large investigation into organized cannabis cultivation in Noord-Brabant on Monday. The police also searched 16 properties in Tilburg, Goirle, Eindhoven and Kaatsheuvel. 

According to the police, a Tilburg detective team got wind of the suspects while breaking down a number of illegal cannabis plantations. The suspects are two women from Tilburg (35 and 66), a 44-year-old woman from Goirle, two men (40 and 52) and a 36-year-old woman from Eindhoven. They are all in custody.

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Aug 31 '17 11:00

The police arrested 11 people in a 'joint factory' found in a commercial property in Waalwijk on Wednesday. According to the municipality, the suspects were rolling and packaging joints for coffeeshop chain The Grass Company, AD reports.

All people found inside the building were arrested. The suspects are 10 women, who were in the process of rolling joints, and a man who was supervising. The building was searched under the leadership of a prosecutor. Dozens of kilograms of drugs were seized, though the exact weight is not yet clear.

Two gunmen sought in the murder of Johan van Boxtel on Memlincstraat in Eindhoven, 7 May 2017
Jul 19 '17 13:00

The Judiciary is offering a reward of 20 thousand euros for the tip that leads to the arrests of the perpetrators who murdered Eindhoven man Johan van Boxtel early in May. The police are looking for two perpetrators, shown in surveillance camera footage on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday.

Over 150 kilos of marijuana found at port of Rotterdam; hidden in wall tile shipment destined for England, 5 Jul 2017
Jul 7 '17 16:10

Customs officers at the port of Rotterdam found over 150 kilograms of marijuana while checking a shipment of wall tiles destined for England on Wednesday, the Public Prosecutor announced on Friday.

The 155 packets of drugs, each about a kilogram, were hidden in iron boxes in between the tiles. The marijuana, which was wort about 1.5 million euros in the Netherlands, was destroyed. 

According to the Public Prosecutor, the transport company responsible for the shipment had nothing to do with the drugs. 

Cannabis plants
May 10 '17 16:55

Little will change around illegal cannabis cultivation, even if the government changes the current tolerance policy, according to officials from the Ministries of Public Health and Security and Justice. The Dutch government is considering three scenarios: regulating both cannabis sales and cultivation, extending the tolerance policy to include growers, or a total ban on both growing and selling weed, NU.nl reports.

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Mar 30 '17 13:10

The body of a man was found on Turfstekerstraat in Aalsmeer on Thursday morning. There were large bags of weed beside him. The police launched an investgation, the Telegraaf reports.

According to the police, several "bin bags" full of cannabis were found next to the man. "The circumstances under which he was found is so suspicious that the police closed down the area for investigation", a spokesperson said to the newspaper.

Trufstekerstraat is located in an industrial site in Aalsmeer. Large cannabis farms are often found on the site, according to the Telegraaf. 

Cannabis plants
Mar 7 '17 14:40

Amsterdam resident Rudolf Hillebrand can continue to grow medicinal cannabis in his rental home, despite objections by his housing association Eigen Haard, the district court ruled on Monday. 

The 58-year-old man is HIV positive and needs the cannabis to treat nausea and vomiting. He uses about 5 grams of cannabis a day. Hillebrand needs 51 cannabis plants to constantly have enough cannabis to treat his HIV related complaints. 

Feb 22 '17 07:48

On Tuesday the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, that makes the cultivation and transportation of cannabis in hashish legal under strict conditions. Now it has to pass through the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, though it is uncertain whether the bill will make it.

Cannabis
Feb 21 '17 16:00

A narrow majority of Dutch parliament members voted to allow the cannabis cultivation, a move that further liberalizes a somewhat cumbersome drug policy where the selling of cannabis is tolerated but buying it abs growing it are illegal. Just 77 MPs out of 150 voted in favor of the proposal brought forward on Tuesday by centrist party D66.

The rule must still pass the Senate, or Eerste Kamer. It is not clear if a majority exists in favor of the law change in the Senate.

Cannabis plants
Feb 21 '17 11:30

On Tuesday the lower house of Dutch parliament is voting on a that will put an end to the Netherlands' policy that cannabis may be sold in the country, but not cultivated. The law for regulated cannabis cultivation is very controversial, but seems to be able to count on a narrow majority of 76 votes, according to the Telegraaf.

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Feb 3 '17 16:05

The municipality of Utrecht is investigating whether it would be possible to ban the use of cannabis in some neighborhoods. This follows the CDA prompting the Utrecht mayor for stricter action because of nuisance caused by cannabis smoking young people in the Tivoli gardens, DUIC reports.

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Jan 23 '17 15:25

A comedy film turned into a horror movie for a 20-year-old woman on Saturday night. While watching comedy Why Him in the Pathe Spuimarkt in The Hague, the 23-year-old Amsterdam man sitting next to her suddenly freaked out and stabbed her in the arm with a screwdriver. This was shortly after he stepped out to smoke a joint, various visitors in the cinema said to newspaper AD.

According to the newspaper, the man came back into the cinema still carrying what was left of his fragrant joint. Other visitors asked him to put it away, and he did. 

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.

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Sep 23 '16 08:57

The D66 submitted a proposal that will allow nurseries to grow cannabis under the control of the government. It seems the proposal will be able to count on a majority vote in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of parliament

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Sep 13 '16 14:30

The authorities in Thailand launched the investigation into former coffeeshop owner Johan van Laarhoven from Tilburg at the request of the Dutch authorities, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice acknowledged in a letter sent to parliament, Omroep Brabant reports.

The Minister was responding to questions from concerned parliamentarians, demanding to know exactly how Van Laarhoven came to be prosecuted. They also want to know whether Van der Steur can help bring Van Laarhoven back to the Netherlands.

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Aug 29 '16 15:00

Amsterdam man Neil van der L. was driving an estimated 237 kilometers per hour when he crashed into another car on the A2 highway near Maarssen on December 30th last year, was revealed in the court in Utrecht on Monday

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Jul 22 '16 13:25

The police discovered a cannabis plantation in the A2 bridge at the Beatrix canal in Eindhoven on Thursday, the Eindhoven police said on Facebook.

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Jul 19 '16 13:15

The police raided a total of 11 addresses in the northern parts of the Netherlands on Monday as part of a major investigation into cannabis cultivation and trafficking and money laundering. Three cannabis farms with a total of 3 thousand plants were discovered and dismantled.

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Jul 18 '16 15:45

The police are raiding various addresses in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe on Monday as part of a major investigation into money laundering and drug trafficking in the north of the country. So far four suspects were arrested

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Jul 18 '16 15:15

The first suspect in a massive drug crime investigation in Southern Netherlands, so called operation Trefpunt, appeared in the court in Den Bosch on Monday. The Public Prosecutor demanded 21 months in prison, seven of which conditionally suspended, against suspect Frans R

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