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Over 80 Kilos Cocaine Found On Dutch Plane In Argentina; Three Dutch Arrested

More than 80 kilograms of cocaine was found on a Martinair Cargo plane in Argentina. Seven men, three of whom are Dutch, were arrested, including the plane’s pilot and some crew members, RTL Nieuws reports. The plane was at the Ezeiza International Airport near Buenos Aires when the drugs were discovered. Local media report that the discovery was made shortly ... Read More »

Man shot dead in zwolle ran drugs and guns; neighbors “relieved”

Neighbors in the Kamperpoort neighborhood of Zwolle painted a grim picture of Henk W., a man found shot and killed there on New Year’s Eve. One resident, Wietze, who knew the victim told RTV Oost he was “not known to be a sweetheart” and that she always suspected something like this would happen to him. Another said it was “a ... Read More »

Dutch gambling authority fines 10 companies a total of €3.5m this year

The Dutch gambling authority fined companies offering online betting and gambling games in the Netherlands a total of €3.5m this year – more than double the 2018 figure. The rise is due to an increase in the maximum fine to €200,000 and a rise in the number of large companies being penalised, the Kansspelautoriteit said. In total, 10 firms were ... Read More »

Cocaine Found Hidden In 40 Barrels Of Fruit Pulp At Rotterdam Port

Customs officers intercepted a large amount of cocaine during a check at the port of Rotterdam on Monday. The drugs were hidden in around 40 barrels of frozen fruit pulp, the Public Prosecutor said. The container with the drugs came from Brazil. The cocaine was removed and destroyed. The HARC team, a joint venture of Customs, FIOD, Seaport Police, and ... Read More »

Over 1,400 Kilos Of Cocaine Captured At Rotterdam Port

Four separate shipments of cocaine were found by Customs officials at the Port of Rotterdam over the past week. All told, officials captured 1,457 kilograms of cocaine, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said. All of the cocaine made its way to the Netherlands from Brazil. The drugs were later destroyed, the OM said. It started on December 12 when Customs ... Read More »

Dutch Hitman Sought In Marbella Assassination; Dutch Man Held In Drug Bust There

Police in Spain are looking for a 29-year-old Dutch man in connection with the fatal shooting of a French man in Cabopino, Marbella. The man in his 60’s was gunned down on the street at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday when he was walking to his car, according to local newspaper Diario Sur. The newspaper said the Dutch suspect, an ... Read More »

Fruit Company Workers Find 330 Kilos Of Cocaine In Melon Shipment From Brazil

Employees of a fruit company in Ridderkerk found a large batch of cocaine hidden among melons in a shipment the company received from Brazil on Monday, the Public Prosecutor said. A total of 330 kilograms of cocaine were hidden in the container, according to RTL Nieuws. The container came from Brazil and was delivered to the port of Rotterdam before ... Read More »

Illegal Fireworks Entering Netherlands Through Drug Channels: Police

Traders in illegal fireworks are increasingly making use of drug routes to bring their products into the Netherlands, according to the police. The bigger chance of fireworks sent by mail being intercepted, means that these traders are looking for other ways to distribute illegal fireworks, the police said, NOS reports. The illegal fireworks trade via the internet has declined sharply, ... Read More »

Another 4 Arrests In Investigation Into Brabant Crime Family

On Monday the police made four more arrests in the investigation into the organized crime family in Noord-Brabant allegedly run by Martien R. That means that a total of seven suspects are now in custody, including Martien R. himself. Investigators have been keeping an eye on the four men arrested on Monday for some time, the police said in a ... Read More »

Nearly 100 Kilos Of Cocaine Found In Melon Shipment From Brazil

Investigators working near the Rotterdam port found nearly 100 kilograms of cocaine at a fruit company in the IJsselmonde district of the city. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of melons from Brazil, the police said in a statement. “Employees of the fruit company found the drugs among the fruit and reported it,” police said. “The company probably has ... Read More »

Australian, Dutch police break up massive ecstasy smuggling operation

International police have broken up a huge drug smuggling operation preventing millions of ecstasy pills flooding into Australia, officials said minister claimed the drugs were timed to target holidaying teens. The joint Dutch-Australian operation seized US$200 million worth of MDMA – the key ingredient in ecstasy – in the Netherlands and Belgium and led to charges against 11 people, including ... Read More »

Cocaine seizures at the Port of Rotterdam skyrocket, already surpassing 2018 figures

Even with nearly two months left to go in the year, authorities at the Port of Rotterdam this year have already surpassed the record amount of cocaine caught there in 2018, according to an investigation by De Telegraaf. Some 23 thousand kilograms of cocaine was intercepted at the largest port in Europe, a 28 percent increase over the 18 thousand ... Read More »

Over 1,500 Kilos of cocaine destined for vlissingen seized at Rotterdam Port

The authorities seized a total of 1,550 kilograms of cocaine in two shipments destined for Vlissingen at the port of Rotterdam in October. In both cases the drugs were hidden in banana shipments from Ecuador, the Public Prosecution Service said on its website. One shipment containing 750 kilograms of cocaine was seized on October 31st, the Prosecutor announced. The drugs ... Read More »

Cocaine seizures at the Port of Rotterdam skyrocket, already surpassing 2018 figures

Even with nearly two months left to go in the year, authorities at the Port of Rotterdam this year have already surpassed the record amount of cocaine caught there in 2018, according to an investigation by De Telegraaf. Some 23 thousand kilograms of cocaine was intercepted at the largest port in Europe, a 28 percent increase over the 18 thousand ... Read More »

Dutch Olympic athlete jailed for drugs smuggling by German court

A Dutch Olympic athlete has been jailed for 8.5 years in Germany for drugs smuggling. Madiea Ghafoor, who was part of the 2016 Olympic squad and the Dutch 4×400 metre team, was arrested on June 18 after a routine police check near the German border with Arnhem. The drugs, including 50 kilos of crystal meth and ecstasy, were found in ... Read More »

Drug smugglers caught hiding cannabis in stacks of pizza cheese

A plan by two Dutch men to hide half a tonne of cannabis in piles of pizza cheese was foiled when they were caught at the UK border. Henrik Ruben, 28, and Dominic Leeman, 30, attempted to smuggle drugs with a street value of £5m in two shipments of cheese, the National Crime Agency said. The pair were caught when ... Read More »

Dutch Big Business Profited Massively From Tax Relief Since 2008

Big businesses in the Netherlands paid significantly less taxes between 2008 and 2017. The so-called tax burden, the tax that large companies actually pay, decreased from 22.9 percent to 17.1 percent in the past year, while the rates have not changed, Statistics Netherlands concluded in a study commissioned by the parliamentary committee on finance. The stats office also found that ... Read More »

Prosecutors Push Up To 10 Years For €22m Cocaine Bust Hidden In Frozen Fish

Prosecutors alleged that a group of seven men were at least partly responsible for the importation of approximately 1,125 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside a shipment of frozen fish. The cocaine entered the Netherlands at the Port of Rotterdam and was then tracked to a worksite in Zaandam in July 2018. The drugs carried a street value of roughly 22 ... Read More »

Taghi Part Of “Super Cartel” Controlling Third Of Eu Cocaine Trafficking: Report

The police believe that fugitive Ridouan Taghi is part of a “super cartel” that controls around a third of the cocaine trade in Europe, AD reports based on police documents in its possession. Other members of this “super cartel” include leaders from the Italian, Irish and Bosnian mafias, the newspaper writes. According to AD, the authenticity of the documents in ... Read More »

Amsterdam to focus on people’s resilience in fight against drug crime

Amsterdam is stepping up the fight against drug crime with a package of measures focused on making neighborhoods and their residents more resilient, and on “actively disrupting” drug dealing. Dealers will be tackled at their hangouts and garage boxes, and young people who are in danger of entering the drug world will be better monitored, the city said in a ... Read More »