The police are working on dismantling a massive drug lab in a residential area of Rijen, Noord-Brabant. The lab was discovered earlier this week in the buildings and cellars of a former tannery. "This was very dangerous. A lot of chemicals, thousands and thousands of liters, if they come into contact with each other, anything can happen. Ranging from a chemical reaction to a spontaneous ignition. That is thus life-threatening for the nearby houses", police spokesperson Eric Passchier said to NOS.
On Thursday morning the police and tax investigative authority FIOD raided a warehouse on Industrieweg in Nieuwegein. Inside the authorities found raw materials for the establishment of a drug lab, AD reports.
The police also found a large quantity of bags containing potassium carbonate and a number of colored barrels with unknown content, according to the newspaper. As far as is known, no arrests were made.
An employee of a car dealership across the street told AD that the warehouse had been empty for some time.
The police made a gigantic drug bust when they searched a truck in the Zeeland town of Rilland on Thursday night. According to the police, the raw materials they found in the truck can be used to make 1 billion ecstasy pills, ANP reports.
Inside the truck the police found hundreds of bottles of hydrogen gas, 15 thousand kilos of caustic soda (drain cleaner) and 3 thousand liters of excipients. The trade value of the raw materials amounts to hundreds of thousands of euros, according to the Zeeland police on Twitter.
The Dutch government wants to close a material agreement with companies, municipalities, provinces and civil society organizations before the end of the year. The ultimate goal for this deal is to recycle all raw materials by 2050, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment wrote parliament
Some 27 million euros worth of gold ended up in the trash in 2012, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday in its publication Green Growth in the Netherlands 2015. The gold was in parts of discarded electrical appliances.
The police found between 800 and 100 thousand kilograms of fireworks in a garage on Apphons Ariensstraat in Haarlem last night. The garage lay directly under a home. There were 38 boxes with between 20 and 25 kilograms of illegal fireworks in each of them.