Former customs officer Gerrit G. is appealing against the 14 years in prison the Rotterdam court sentenced him to on Tuesday for drug trafficking at the port of Rotterdam, his lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers said, according to AD.
Former customs officer Gerrit G. was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday. According to the court, G. used his position to let cocaine filled containers pass through the port of Rotterdam unchecked, ANP reports.
The Public Prosecutor withheld information in the case around 300 kilos of cocaine smuggled from Costa Rica to Rotterdam in 2013, according to the lawyer of suspect Dennis van den B. Customs officer Gerrit G. is also a suspect in this case. If the Prosecutor shared this information, at least two assassinations could have been prevented, the lawyer said in court on Monday, NU.nl reports.
A customs officer at the port of Rotterdam was arrested early this month on suspicion of corruption, leaking confidential information, involvement in drug trafficking and money laundering, the Public Prosecutor announced on Wednesday.
The police arrested 44 year old Dennis van den B. on Tuesday. They believe that he was the intended target of the assassination that killed mental health director Rob Zweekhorst last year.
The Rotterdam Hit And Run Cargo Team found 2,800 kilograms of cannabis, worth about 10 million euros in a container after the arrest of a Customs officer, according to the Public Prosecutor.
Rotterdam detectives seized over a million euros from homes and business of a suspicious customs officer and his acquaintances, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) states.The investigation turned up 1.17 million euros in cash in shopping bags during a search of the customs officer's home in ’s-Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland,