The Zeeland-West-Brabant police dismantled six cannabis plantations containing 1,440 plants on Tuesday. Five suspects were arrested. All plants were confiscated.
The police dismantled two operating cannabis plantations at separate addresses in Breda on Tuesday. Cannabis related items were found at to other addresses, the police announced on Wednesday.
Since Sittard-Geleen implemented a residents-only policy in the city's coffeeshops, Belgian drug tourists are increasingly avoiding these businesses. "The drug tourism decreased considerably", Mayor Sjraar Cox said to 1Limburg.
A recent study by Radboud University Nijmegen that concluded that regulating cannabis cultivation could improve human rights is no reason for the Netherlands to change its policy on marijuana, Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice said in response to questions from the D66
Almost 90 percent of Dutch municipalities support a call on the government to allow experiments with regulated cannabis cultivation, was revealed in a vote at the association of Dutch municipalities VNG's annual conference on Wednesday.
The police shot a 47-year-old man from Ridderkerk while responding to reports of a loud argument in a home on Veenwortelvaart in Zoetermeer during the early hours of Sunday morning.
Two people were arrested in Amsterdam Nieuw West on Wednesday after the police found four plastic bags full of cannabis under the hood of their car, the police reported on Thursday.
The Public Prosecutor and police in Noord-Brabant are increasingly tackling criminals outside of court by seizing their assets. In the past this so-called ASAP-approach was mainly used for small crimes like shoplifting, but it is also effective with drug crime, according to the authorities.
The Netherlands plays a major role in the production and trafficking of hard- and soft drugs across Europe. Along with Belgium, the Netherlands is one of Europe's largest producers of synthetic drugs like ecstasy and amphetamine. And the country is a major hub for trafficking in cannabis and cocaine, according to a report Europol and the European Monitoring Center for Drugs published last week.
The police arrested 55 people and searched 111 locations in the southern parts of the Netherlands in a major ongoing investigation into a network trading in synthetic drugs and cannabis on Monday.
The Spanish police arrested several Dutch people who form part of a Drug trafficking ring smuggling between Malaga and the Netherlands. More than 500 kilos of drugs were seized
The municipality of Sittard-Geleen is following in Maastricht's footsteps and is banning coffeeshops from selling drugs to tourists. From April 1st only residents of the Netherlands can buy cannabis at coffeeshops in the city. Coffeeshop owner Peter Hendriks fears that this measure will mean a significant increase in the drug dealing on the city's streets
The only effect the new Opium Act had is that coffeeshops are now getting more cannabis from abroad. The major illegal cannabis cultivators did not stop their activities, they simply moved them to outside the Netherlands, BNR reports based on information from several experts and people from the soft drugs industry.
Residents on the Elpermeer in Amsterdam Noord were jolted awake by a detonated explosive at about 4 a.m. There were no injuries in the suspicious blast, which shattered apartment windows and car windshields.
Murdered Eindhoven drug dealer Aran de Jong's estate has to pay the tax authorities more than 20 million euros in profits made from selling cannabis, the court ruled in an appeal brought by De Jong's heirs
A cannabis plantation consisting of about 450 plants was discovered in a technical space of the Plettenburgse bridge in Nieuwegein on Thursday morning
Housing firm Eigen Haard gave Amsterdam HIV patient Rudolf Hillebrand an ultimatum - either stop cultivating his own cannabis, or leave his apartment. This is despite the fact that the court ruled that Hillebrand can continue growing his own cannabis.
The city of Haarlem will not be experimenting with regulated cannabis cultivation with its own cannabis garden, Mayor Bernt Schneiders wrote to the city council. According to him, there is no room for such experimentation in the political climate in The Hague
The small Noord-Holland town of Enkhuizen is among the European towns and cities with the highest drug use per inhabitant, according to a study done on the drug content in sewage by water boards all over Europe. Per inhabitant, Enkhuizen residents use 8 times more amphetamine than Amsterdam residents
The police are "seriously considering" the scenario that the kidnapping of 18 year old Gino Heeren and 42 Rien de Koning in Breda last week was in retaliation of a "rip deal" - a criminal transaction in which one party robs the other - involving cannabis, police chief Hans Vissr of the Zeeland-West-Brabant union said during the presentation of their annual figures
Some 1 billion euros in cannabis is produced in Brabant alone, the police announced in a special broadcast of Bureau Brabant in which attention was paid to subversive crime in the province. "Brabanders can definitely not smoke so much weed. A large part is therefore intended for export", the police said.
Johan van Laarhoven, former owner of coffee shop The Grass Company, is filing an appeal against his money laundering conviction in Thailand. The Thai court sentenced the Dutchman to 103 years in prison last week. He has to serve 20 of those years.
Chris van Esch, the 63 year old man who was critically injured when his car exploded in Breda on Wednesday, has a criminal record spanning 30 years. His record includes drug related offenses, theft and assault
A 52 year old Amsterdam man was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the discovery of 1,800 kilograms of cannabis discovered in a container at the port of Rotterdam. He is suspected of importing the drugs.