Four Dutch persons were arrested in the Netherlands and Croatia last week as part of a major international investigation into large-scale drug trafficking, led by the German police. The Dutch are suspected of delivering psychoactive substances, popularly called designer drugs, to thousands of German buyers, the Dutch police said in a statement. This involved at least 15 thousand shipments, according to the police.
Tens of thousands of homes in the Gooi region were without power for a short period on Friday morning. The power outage was resolved at around 9:45 a.m., though it may still take some time before power is restored everywhere, according to grid manager TenneT.
The power outage affected Hilversum, Huizen, Bussum, Naarden, Blaricum, Laren and surrounds, NU.nl reports. A number of broadcasters, including RTL, NOS and Radio 538, also had to run on generators for a time.
An criminal gang suspected of trafficking hard drugs from the Netherlands to Australia was arrested in an international police action, the Dutch Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday. A total of 17 suspects were arrested, including two Dutch.
A 33-year-old man from Utrecht and a 47-year-old man from Huizen were arrested in the Netherlands on Tuesday. The Dutch police became involved in this case, called Operation Veyda, after the Australian police asked the Netherlands to investigate the origin of drugs trafficked to the country.
The police chased two suspects of an ATM bombing down and arrested them in Huizen during the early hours of Monday morning. The ATM bombing happened earlier that night in Emsdetten, Germany - abut 50 kilometers from Enschede, NU.nl reports.
The Dutch police arrested five persons suspected of sexually exploiting at least two minor girls by inciting them into prostitution, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.
The arrests were made late in May. Three people aged 32 and a 17-year-old girl are still in custody. A 57-year-old man was released, but is still a suspect.
The police arrested four people and seized 1 million euros in cash in an investigation into providers of smartphones that encrypt communication data. Investigators believe the suspects sold these encrypted phones to criminals, RTL Nieuws reports.
The encryption makes it harder for the authorities to listen in on conversations or read text messages from a distance. This trait makes encrypted phones extremely popular among criminals who want to hide their communication from the police.
The Dutch police reopened a cold case of a severed head found in the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal, near Breukelen in July 2006. Using new techniques the police reconstructed the head and new information indicates that the victim is a Colombian or Ecuadorian man between the ages of 42 and 45 years, the police in Huizen said.
In September 2005 a burnt body was found in a case in a forest near Huizen. The body's head and hands were missing. The rest of the body parts, including the head, were found in the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal almost a year later.
On Saturday the police arrested two men in Huizen after a long car chase. The suspects had two automatic firearms in the car with them. Sources of newspaper AD claim that they were on their way to assassinate a man, after they shot and killed the wrong man last week.
The suspects were spotted on Faustdreef on Saturday night. The police found them suspicious and decided to pull their car over. Instead of pulling over, the men sped off and the police gave chase. They were eventually arrested in Huizen.
Employees of a food bank in Huizen found a kilogram of cocaine hidden among bananas they were preparing to distribute. The fruit came from a fundraiser held by regional broadcaster NH, ANP reports.
The cocaine was found on Tuesday, according to the police. Investigators are looking into where it came from.
According to broadcaster NH, the cocaine came from a container in which 1,800 kilos of cocaine was found in the port of Antwerp early in December. The container came from South America.
A 16-year-old boy from Eemnes was arrested on Monday morning in connection with two armed robberies in Huizen last year, the police announced.
A suspicious package at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Zwolle led to the building being evacuated on Friday afternoon. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad is investigating. EOD teams are also investigating suspicious packages found in Huizen and Haarlem.
The police have identified the man killed in Huizen on Wednesday as a 59 year old man from Huizen. According to the police, so far the investigation has not revealed any indications that this murder is related to the series of gang related assassinations of past few years.
A man was shot dead while sitting in his car in the middle of a residential area in Huizen on Wednesday. The murder took place early in the evening at the Rendier.
A 15-year-old boy from Terneuzen was arrested on Saturday for threatening a 13-year-old girl via Whatsapp.
Family members of Dirk Klaas M. have no idea why he extorted John and Linda de Mol. "For us it is a mystery."
According to his lawyer Derk van der Heijden, one of the two jihad suspects from Huizen wants to get rid of his ankle monitor.
Two men from Huizen suspected of preparing for terrorist activities have been released under strict conditions.
The municipality of The Hague reports that a family from the city traveled to Syria at the start of the month to join the Islamic State (IS). This family is part of a larger exodus of Dutch families who leave The Netherlands for Syria or Iraq in hopes to be part of the caliphate declared by IS, De Volkskrant reports.
All six children of the two sets of parents from Huizen who were arrested in the last weekend of August on suspicion of wanting to take their families to Syria to join the caliphate have been released and may return home. The juvenile court magistrate in Utrecht has decided they may be taken out of foster care, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
On Thursday, three of the four parents suspected of jihadism who were arrested in Huizen were released. Mayor Fons Hertog says he is unsure what they will do, or what will happen with their children, who were taken away by child services, De Telegraaf reports.
According to Trouw, jihadism in The Netherlands is concentrated in mostly three regions. Per region, there are dozens of jihadists planning to travel to Syria or Iraq, or who were apprehended by the authorities prior to their departure, and those who are in the war zone already or who have returned from there.
The Municipal Council of Huizen will discuss what happened around the arrest of two people in the city last week who were suspected of traveling to Syria to support IS. Several fractions in the council argue that they were not timely informed on the arrest, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Two families with children living in the Gooise Huizen have been prevented by police and the Department of Justice form linking themselves up with terrorist organization IS in Syria. Neighbors of the family were shocked to hear that Mourad M. had jihadist intentions. His boss is equally gobsmacked, and tells the Algemeen Dagblad that he never would have guessed a radical streak in the man.