Water board members in Noordwijk were surprised to find large packets of cocaine washed ashore while inspecting a beach in the Zuid-Holland resort town. Police responding to the scene collected a total of 225 kilograms of cocaine bundled into ten separate packets.
Dutch criminals are responsible for a large share of the trade of illegal products, especially drugs and firearms, on the so-called Dark Web. One one of the illegal online market places, Dutch retailers even accounted for 10 percent of the orders.
Only a small amount of drugs was found in the suspicious vehicle that caused quite the commotion in Rotterdam on Thursday night. Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, who was evacuated from a nearby restaurant after the car was found, is unfazed by the events.
Investigators in Breda evacuated 12 homes after discovering “possibly explosive materials” in an apartment Thursday afternoon, the police said on Twitter. A 69-year-old man was taken into custody at the flat.
Two owners of a coffeeshop in Vianen were arrested on Friday, October 30th, after police received a tip off. The police then raided two houses in Utrecht and Vianen as well as the coffee shop where they seized two firearms, ammunition, a large amount of drugs, and an even larger amount of cash, reported the police website.
A 38 year old American tourist died in an Amsterdam rock cafe during the early hours of Sunday morning. The police believe he overdosed through a combination of drugs and alcohol.
A car has been found that is believed to be linked to an investigation into a double homicide that occurred last week in the Hooge Zwaluwe. The double murder, in which motorcycle club No Surrender leader Brian Dalfour was killed, is said to be the result of a runaway rip deal, in which criminals tried to steal money or drugs.
Of the 176 people arrested around the Amsterdam ArenA during the Amsterdam Dance Event, prosecutors are pressing cases against 39 for drug possession. Prosecutors say 19 people paid fines on the spot, while the rest either received fines or court dates.
The anniversary edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event was extremely successful, with 365 thousand people attending the 1,001 events with 2,289 artists and 485 speakers.
The 48-year-old police detective that was arrested on September 29 of this year for suspectedly selling police investigation information to criminals, has also been found with 235 thousand euros in cash in his possession, reported the Public Prosecutors’ (OM) website. He is also suspected of corruption, money laundering and dereliction of his duties.
A police officer assigned to the country’s national investigatory team was arrested last month in what authorities described as “the biggest judicial scandal” in decades. The policeman is suspected of selling confidential information related to investigations to drug trafficking rings and outlaw motorcycle gangs, the NRC reported on Friday.
As the kickoff for the 20th edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event approaches, the City of Amsterdam is asking party-goers to pay particularly close attention to the safe use of narcotics, and the laws regarding drug use in the Netherlands. The information is being distributed in five different languages, and just days after an alert was issued for ecstasy tabs with the ADE logo that carry a dangerously high amount of the substance MDMA.
Wealthy Dutch people are abusing tax havens abroad to prevent from being taxed on 129 billion euros in deposits, a former tax inspector told television show Nieuwsuur. The money is held in the accounts of shell companies based in the Cayman Islands, Seychelles and Virgin Islands, among other locations, the researcher, Jan van Koningsveld, said.
A major international joint investigation between Italy and the Netherlands led to 48 arrests involving members of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta, a powerful crime syndicate with its roots in Calabria, Italy. Authorities in the Netherlands focused in on the Aalsmeer flower auction, where flower traders and deliverers were brought in for questioning on a multi-million euro scheme to defraud flower suppliers, possibly smuggle drugs, steal millions in chocolate, and plan the assassination of victims who came forward, according to newspaper Parool.
A police tactical team raided the home of a 19-year-old Spijkenisse man suspected of involvement in a vicious home invasion that led to the death of a 48-year-old Tilburg resident. The arrest for the September 15 crime took place on Monday morning.
A 20-year-old man held in a robbery that turned fatal last week in Tilburg was on leave from a psychiatric institution when the crime took place, an unnamed source at the Justice Ministry reportedly told the Telegraaf. Mick Pitai, 48, was gunned down in his home on September 15 during what could have been a drug-related robbery.
An employee of the police department is accused of stealing nine kilograms of cocaine and could be implicated in the disappearance of 700 grams of heroin. The 60-year-old suspect is still in custody. He was based in Amsterdam at the time the drugs went missing from an evidence facility on Johan Huizingalaan on the west side of the city, broadcaster AT5 reported last week.
Three men crashed their car into an unmarked police vehicle Wednesday evening, and a search of the vehicle turned up an undisclosed quantity of illegal drugs and a weapon, a police report stated. The trio were arrested shortly after the 7:45 p.m. crash at the corner of Keijenborg and de Vioolstraat in Roosendaal, Noord-Brabant.
A drug-carrying car thief was arrested in Goes on Monday after a wild car chase. The 33 year old man from Etten-Leur was eventually tracked down by a police dog.
Thursday was a big day for drug busts in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant. Authorities there made two major busts in different regions of the country, with investigators seizing nearly a ton of cocaine and marijuana combined.
A staggering amount of weapons and other illegal items were found during police raids on locations linked to Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs on Wednesday. The police raided a total of 35 homes and 40 garages in Limburg, Brabant, Belgium and Germany. A total of 20 people were arrested.
Spending in healthcare is rising more slowly than expected, reports Volkskrant. Last year, the care cost two billion euros less than planned, mainly as a result of cheaper prescription drugs and declining costs of hospitalization, the paper said.
Though they were not actually selling drugs of any sort, the "ecstasy shop" opened by the youth wing of D66 in the center of Amsterdam represents a model of what the organization thinks such a shop should look like. A Young Democrats activist stood firm at the door checking the age of the entrants. People behind the counter selling packages with little pills, actually colorful candy, gave out leaflets with information on usage, doses and side effects.
The Young Democrats, a youth wing of centrist political party D66, is opening "the world's first ecstasy-shop" in Amsterdam, the organization informs. The aim of the event it to raise public attention to legalization of the drug in the Netherlands.