The Dutch polices shut down an online marketplace, Utopia, where illegal goods, such as drug, were sold. The site was only accessible through the TOR network, a network that facilitates anonymous surfing.
Thirteen coffee shops being forced by the city to stay closed during daytime hours have joined together in a lawsuit against Amsterdam. A law passed by the municipality last year states that coffee shops selling soft drugs in close proximity to schools must stay closed until 6 p.m.
Paramedics worked on the man for 15-20 minutes before transferring him to hospital. Police said his injuries were still critical, as of 1:30 p.m.
Germany has noticed a sharp increase in cannabis plantations in sparsely populated north east.
A 57-year-old Dutchman was arrested in Newcastle, England, after border patrol officers there found over a hundred kilos of heroin and cocaine in his possession. The man, Johannes Huizer, was travelling with a truck by ferry from the Netherlands.His container was also found to be holding 150kg of cannabis, and 50kg of amphetamines when it was inspected at the Port of Tyne.
Police patrolling the highway in Zevenaar arrested a 23-year-old Frenchman driving with 86 kilos of the stimulant khat. The Marechaussee military police made the bust Tuesday on the A-12 in Gelderland near the German border.
Police in Zeeland have collected about 100 bales of cocaine that washed ashore on the beach of the peninsula of Walcheren today.
The Russians possibly found drugs aboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, sailing under Dutch flag, report Russian news agencies, based on finds of an investigation committee.
Rainbow Group Foundation has arranged Amsterdam Underground city walks in Amsterdam for many years now. In these tours, ex-homeless and drug addicts introduce a different side of the city.
Police authorities in Amsterdam have requested the city council to develop a course of action to stop tourists from jumping out of high hotel windows.
A court decision to transfer coffee shops selling cannabis from Maastricht to an industrial property near the Belgian border has sparked outrage from five neighboring Belgian towns.
The round up of some of this week's most noteworthy events and news stories features a video of a mysterious orb hovering on a Dutch lake, an extortion story on home grown marijuana, a transfer of a U.S.-based test jet to the Netherlands Ministry of Defense, a launching of a new Free West Papua Campaign office, the death of a famous Dutch Jazz artist, and a local zoo’s growing concern over their baboons’ mysterious behavior.
It is a Thursday afternoon in March 2012. Herman just drove back from work when he noticed three large, nondescript vans near his driveway. Police officers were surrounding the 44-year-old’s home, and handfuls of curious neighbors were standing on the other side of the street.
Last year more incidents related to drugs were recorded, according to figures, published by the Trimbos Institute on Tuesday. Trimbos also points out, that a more active registration can explain part of the increase.
The use of ecstasy (xtc) leads most often to problems. When during major events, problems with drugs were reported, it was 61 percent about the use of ecstasy. In 2009 this was 39 percent. Also at the emergency rooms of hospitals, (from 3 to 11 percent), or at police doctors the proportion of people who came in trouble by xtc increased.
A sailing out pilot has found 200 kilos of cocaine in the Westerschelde (Zeeland). The drugs were packed into ten sports bags which were attached with ropes to empty jerrycans, to keep them afloat. This was reported by the National Office of the Public Prosecution (OM) on Tuesday.
The discovery was done on Saturday morning. The drug packages floated in the Westerschelde near Vlissingen. According to the OM, the cocaine has a market value of about 7 million euro.
On Wednesday, three Dutch coffee shops located in Maastricht went on trial for selling cannabis to foreigners.