The Netherlands' anonymous tip line Meld Misdaad Anoniem received nearly 5 thousand tips regarding hard drugs and around a thousand reports of criminal money last year - a record number of tips for both these types of crimes, the organization said with its annual figures for 2019, NOS reports.
The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. Below is a summary of changes made in the category Justice, Security and Defense:
The police tackled what they call a "criminal family network" in Oss, Noord-Brabant on Wednesday. Three men, believed to be the leaders of this criminal network, were arrested. During searches at a caravan camp and other places in Oss, the police found and confiscated automatic firearms, drugs and cash. Possible explosives were also found.
Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is committed to fighting drug crime in the Netherlands. And to do so, he thinks that the number of festivals held in the Netherlands should be reduced. There are too many festivals in the country, and the police can't enforce drug law at all of them, he said in an interview with the Telegraaf.
The police arrested a 32-year-old man from Winkel in the investigation into a 17-year-old girl's fatal MDMA overdose. The man is suspected of selling the drugs to the minor girl, the police said in a statement.
The Dutch government is implementing a number of law changes on January 1st. Below find a summary of changes made in the category Law, Safety and Defense.
Hard drugs were used at a party that ended in a 29-year-old man found dead in a swimming pool and another man found unconscious and critically injured on a farm in Milheeze, Noord-Brabant on Sunday morning, the police said in a statement. According to the police, it is not yet clear whether drug use resulted in the victims' death and injuries.
The injured man was rushed to hospital. His condition is stable, but he is still in intensive care, the police said. Two people arrested on Sunday morning.
The police arrested a total of 148 suspects in a so-called 'civilian action' in Amsterdam's Red Light District over the weekend. Arrests were made for public drug use, possession of hard drugs, drug dealing, mugging and pickpocketing, AT5 reports.
A massive 72 of the arrests were drug related. 15 people were arrested for begging, and 18 for disrupting public order. Two muggers and two pickpockets were arrested. And another man was taken to the police station for carrying pepper spray.
A 37-year-old police officer from the Zeeland-West-Brabant corps was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of leaking confidential information to a third party, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday. He is also suspected of possession and dealing of narcotics.
A 43-year-old man from Zierikzee was also arrested in the same investigation. He is suspected of trading in hard drugs. Three addresses were searched, though the prosecutor did not say if anything of consequence was found.
The police arrested a total of five suspects in connection with a fatal shooting on a carpool area in Vaassen in March. A 25-year-old man was killed. The police are still investigating the exact circumstances around the murder, but investigators are certain that it involved a conflict about hard drugs, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.
The shooting happened just after midnight on March 11th on Geerstraat in Vaassen. The victim's body was found on the carpool area.
Between 2012 and 2016 alcohol consumption in Amsterdam decreased, but the use of hard drugs like ecstasy, cocaine and amphetamine increased, health service GGD revealed in its Amsterdam Health Monitor 2016, Het Parool reports.
For the Health Monitor te GGD questioned over 8,600 Amsterdam residents between the ages of 19 and 64 years about their physical and psychological health, daily habits and health care. The service then compared the results to a similar study done in 2012 and 2008.
Popular designer drug 4-Fluoroamphetamine, also known as 4-FA and 4-FMP, will be banned in the Netherlands beginning Thursday. The party drug will be on the classified as "List I" under the country's drug laws, meaning it will be labeled as a hard drug.
The court in Amsterdam sentenced 10 people to up to thee years in prison, up to 240 hours of community services and fines totaling in 10 thousand euros for large-scale drug trafficking and other drug related charges. The gang is best known for using crocodiles to guard their loot, Het Parool reports.
Five men were arrested in Zaandam for possessing and dealing hard drugs, the police said on Tuesday. This investigation was launched after the police received multiple reports of drug problems from an apartment in a building on Peperstraat.
The police searched the apartment and found a firearm and a quantity of hard drugs packaged for sale. The investigation led officers to the five men in question.
Four of the suspects were arrested and released after questioning. A 25-year-old from Zaandam is still in custody. The drugs were confiscated and destroyed.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, the police and the Public Prosecutor in the city are concerned about the increasing cocaine trafficing through the port of Rotterdam and the consequences it will have on the city's residents, the Telegraaf reports.
"There is so much money involved in the smuggling of cocaine that the crime that goes along with it is huge", Public Prosecutor spokesperson Jeichien de Graaff said to the Telegraaf. "We see it here in the region but also in other cities."
The main suspect in the death of Swedish man Magnus Jonsson in Amsterdam last year, was released from custody by the court in Amsterdam on Thursday. The court decided to release German S&M practitioner Michael K. as his sentence may be shorter than the time he already spent in custody
Last week a police dog in Amsterdam found 1.3 million euros hidden in a car the police pulled over in the Dutch capital. Three Albanian suspects were arrested, including the driver, the police announced on Friday.
A former detective from Kerkrade is suspected of making 117,707 euros by selling police information to drug criminals, was revealed in a pro-forma hearing against the former cop and five co-defendants on Monday
In an effort to prevent disruption on Dutch islands during the summer vacations, the police in Harlingen decided to check all vacationers traveling to Terschelling and Vlieland for drugs or alcohol on Friday and Saturday. All in all 53 mostly young people were detained and fined
The kidnapping of Amsterdam man Soufyan Essabaouni and Landsmeer man Wendle Meijer may have been preceded but at least one other abduction
The police discovered almost 2 kilograms of hard drugs hidden in a freezer in an Etten-Leur home during the early hours of Monday morning. The 51-year-old resident of the home was arrested.
The police discovered numerous firearms and hard drugs in a home in the Tilburg neighborhood of Korvel on Thursday while searching for two missing minors.
The Rotterdam police raided three homes in Rotterdam-Zuid on Tuesday in a narcotic investigation. Eleven people were arrested and firearms, drugs and cash were seized, the police announced.