A total of 26 municipalities signed up for the government's experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation. Utrecht is the only one of the Netherlands' four large cities that signed up.
The murder of four men in an Enschede grow shop last year was a Mexican woman's revenge for the death of her twin brother and 4-year-old daughter, crime reporter Hendrik Jan Korterink said based on information on a USB stick he received from a Russian man and telephone conversations with one of the suspects. The woman's brother and daughter were chopped into pieces and dumped into the Twente canal with over 100 kilograms of heroin and 100 kilograms of cocaine, according to the information, AD reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 6.5 years in prison against three men suspected of large-scale drug trafficking through the Hansa Market on the dark web in court on Monday. A female suspect is facing 2 years in prison, eight months of which conditionally suspended.
The municipality of The Hague will likely not participate in the government's regulated cannabis cultivation experiment. In a letter to the city council, Mayor Pauline Krikke wrote that the conditions of the experiment are unworkable - specifically the condition that all coffeeshops in participating municipalities have to participate in the experiment, NOS reports.
Illegal cannabis cultivation costs Dutch society around 200 million euros per year, through stolen electricity and missed taxes, according to the sector organization for gas and electricity network operators Netbeheer Nederland, NU.nl reports.
More investigators and customs officers are needed to combat drug crime in the port of Rotterdam, according to Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb. The Rotterdam mayor calls on the government to structurally tackle undermining crime, NOS reports.
The Public Prosecutor suspects that 22-year-od Mehmet A. from Tiel, a police officer in training in Amsterdam, was deliberately stationed with the police to pass on information to the underworld, the Prosecutor said in the trial against the man on Tuesday. A. is suspected of selling confidential police information to criminals. The Prosecutor demanded 45 months in prison and a ban on performing a public function for 8 years against the man, AT5 reports.
A 20-year-old man from Groningen was arrested during a routine traffic check on the A28 near Zwolle after the police found 67 kilograms of cannabis and 69 packets of hashish in the trunk of his car. According to the police, the drugs have a street value of over 500 thousand euros.
The Public Prosecutor must immediately drop a criminal case against two police officers suspected of involvement in large-scale cannabis production and trade in Almelo, the court in Almelo ruled on Tuesday. Like the two cops' lawyers, the court found that there is no evidence or any reason to prosecute the two officers, NU.nl reports.
Paul van N. from Hengelo was sentenced to 80 hours of community service on Friday for illegal cannabis cultivation. A cannabis plantation with 450 cuttings was found in his home after his daughter spoke about her daddy's "green plants in the attic" at after-school care, AD reports.
"My dad has green plants in the attic", the girl said with what can only be described as childhood innocence at a Kids Villa group in Hengelo.
The police arrested 12 people in the Netherlands for involvement in the production and export of drugs to Scandinavia. A 13th suspect was arrested in Peer, Belgium. The suspects are 12 men and a woman between the ages of 32 and 16 years. They were arrested on Monday, but the police only announced the arrests on Thursday.
The police searched buildings in Utrecht, Vleuten, Woerden, Maarssen, Houten, Almere, Waardenburg, Lopikerkapel and Aalsmeer.
Four men being murdered in a grow shop in Enschede earlier this month may be the result of a conflict over bad cannabis cuttings, sources from the Twente cannabis world told RTV Oost. Three suspects, a 57-year-old father and his two sons aged 30 and 32, bought a batch of cannabis cuttings that turned out to be of poor quality. They went to the grow shop to get their money back and things got out of hand, according to the broadcaster's sources.
Many Dutch municipalities are dissatisfied with the current preliminary design of the government's experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation. Where municipalities queued to participate in the experiment when it was announced, the government will now have difficulty in finding 10 municipalities to participate, the association of Dutch municipalities VNG said to Trouw.
Police across the Netherlands raided 29 separate locations they suspected were tied to the illegal cannabis trade. Investigators took 14 people into custody, and they confiscated 1,600 marijuana plants and 2,900 plant cuttings.
Police also seized 14 cars and motorcycles worth €165,000, and €25,000 in cash. Computers and smart devices were taken in as evidence, along with tasers and conventional weapons.
Two men were taken into custody on Tuesday near Dordrecht in connection with a multiple homicide in Enschede. One of the pair, a 26-year-old from the Overijssel city, was still in police detention Thursday night in connection with the shooting deaths of the four victims.
Customs divers found 239 kilograms of marijuana hidden under a sea going vessel docked at a terminal on Maasvlakte in Rotterdam on Sunday, the Public Prosecutor said.
The customs officer decided to dive underneath the ship after the seaport police received a report that something suspicious was detected during the maintenance of the ship. The diving team removed several large sports bags from under the ship. "The state of the bags showed that they have been in the water for a long time", the Persecutor said.
Two of the four men who were found killed in a business premises in Enschede on Tuesday were arrested in June after a large amount of cannabis was found in the same building, the police confirmed. The police believe that all four men were shot to death, NU.nl reports.
The victims were identified as a 43-year-old man from Enschede, a 34-year-old man from Hengelo, a 27-year-old man from Hengelo, and 62-year-old man from Arnhem.
The police found 275 kilograms of fireworks and 30 cannabis plants at a home on Irene Vorrinkstraat in Hoofddorp on Wednesday morning. Among the fireworks were 75 kilograms of mortars, which could have caused a massive explosion, the police said in a statement.
The police responded to the home around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday after reports of a strong cannabis smell coming from the home. They found a hidden room equipped for cannabis cultivation, and 30 plants inside. The fireworks were found in the garage.
Amsterdam has to participate in the national experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation. If the Dutch capital, with the largest coffeeshop market in the Netherlands, does not participate, the experiment will fail, mayor Femke Halsem said in a city council debate on the issue on Thursday, Het Parool reports.
Amsterdam finds the national experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation unfeasible and "risky to public order". The municipality would like to participate in the experiment, but only with other rules, mayor Femke Halsema said in a letter to Ministers Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security and Bruno Bruins for Medical Care and Sports, NOS reports.
Thirteen people were arrested during raids against a criminal network around organized cannabis cultivation in the Nieuwstraatkwartier in Almelo on Tuesday. The police also confiscated 13 vehicles and a firearm and broke down three cannabis farms, NU.nl reports.
The police have been investigating subversive activities in the neighborhood for some time. Over the past year 18 cannabis farms were dismantled as part of this investigation.
Emergency services in Amsterdam increasingly have to treat tourists - both foreign and Dutch - who smoked too much weed. Over the past 15 years the demand for psychiatric crisis beds among foreign tourists almost quadrupled, Het Parool reports after speaking with emergency services in the Dutch capital.
"We sometimes see crazy things", the Steenwikerland police wrote on Facebook after catching a man transporting four large cannabis plants through Steenwijk on his car's bike rack.
The man was pulled over and his cannabis plants were confiscated, according to RTL Nieuws. He was not arrested. It is now up to the Public Prosecutor to decide whether he will be prosecuted.
"There is a tolerance policy on drugs in the Netherlands", the police said. But the possession of cannabis plants is still illegal.
The police discovered a very professional, computer-run cannabis farm in a shed near a home on Dorpstraat in Sint Willebrord late on Wednesday afternoon. The cannabis farm had capacity for 1,400 plants, the police said in a statement.
The cannabis farm was discovered during searches the police and the municipality of Rucphen did in buildings in Sprundel, Rucphen and Sint Willebrord, following multiple MMA reports from citizens. In one room of the shed 850 mature, harvest-ready cannabis plants were found. A second room contained 580 bins ready for planting.