Crime in Amsterdam fell by 5 percent in 2017 compared to the year before. There were fewer cases of pickpockets, muggings, and violent threats, but the number of home burglaries and robberies increased. Nationwide crime is steadily declining, according to figures the National Police will publish on Thursday, the Volkskrant reports.
A 33-year-old Dutch man was arrested in India for selling synthetic drugs from the Netherlands in the city of Hyderabad, in southern India, NOS reports.
Indian media reports that the Dutch man is an IT specialist from Rotterdam. According to the broadcaster, he is suspected of being involved in a courier service that provides drugs to a website used by locals to order drugs. He flew from the Netherlands to India four times, often staying in Hyderabad.
One in eight Roosendaal residents said they experienced many problems with drug use or drug trade in their neighborhood last year - the biggest proportion of all larger municipalities in the Netherlands, according to Statistics Netherlands' Safety Monitor. The rest of the top six is made up of Limburg's four largest municipalities and Rotterdam.
Lawyer Bart V. was arrested on Tuesday night. The 43-year-old Dongen man is suspected of trading in firearms and narcotics. The police also arrested two men, aged 70 and 30 years, from Sint Willebrord, ANP reports.
The arrests were made in a long ongoing investigation. Officers searched two business premises in Breda, including V.'s office, two homes in Sint Willebrord and a garage in Roosendaal.
The Amsterdam police deployed a special team to fight crime in and around the Red Light District. Over the past five days, this team made a total of 118 arrests, the police said on Facebook.
Arrests were made for a number of crimes, including selling fake and real drugs, violating area bans, weapon possession and violating the immigration law, according to the police.
The special team was made up of members of the neighborhood team and target group teams. The officers were dressed in civilian clothes and focused on the "main nuisances in our area", the police write.
Young people in the Netherlands use more drugs than their counterparts in other European cities, according to an annual report by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). In the age group 15 to 34 years, Dutch were on the top of the list when it comes to ecstasy use in 2015, NOS reports.
A massive 6.6 percent of Dutch in that age group use ecstasy. Ireland comes in a far second place with 4.4 percent. The European average is 1.8 percent.
Eight people were arrested in Tilburg on Tuesday as part of a large investigation into narcotics trade. Six are still in custody. The other two, hard drug buyers, were released after questioning, the police announced in a statement.
The municipality of Breda is teaming up with social relief foundation SMO and the police to put an end to drug trafficking and street prostitution on Slingerweg. Starting on July 1st the street will be subject to enforcement actions, camera surveillance and other preventative measures
Over 1387 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of 69.4 million euros were seized in and around the ports of Vlissingen in 2014, police confirms.
Police have arrested five men suspected of involved in organised drug crimes.
A member of the notorious Italian 'Ndrangheta' mob has been arrested in a large-scale sting operation directed at mafia operations in Europe. The 46-year old Marc B., who runs a restaurant in Amsterdam, was arrested in February on suspicion of involvement in the mafia, including the delivery of cocaine to the Ndrangheta, De Volkskrant reports.
Police in Arnhem executed several home raids in Arnhem Thursday morning, in a search for possible drug trade. This was done due to a request from foreign authorities. Police will not disclose which country the request came from.