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Four arrested in dark web drug bust; cocaine, pills sent by post

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The police busted a drug network in Brunssum, Limburg. Four men were arrested for trading drugs on the dark web, and sending drugs all across the world through the regular postal service, the Public Prosecutor announced. This investigation was launched after PostNL found drugs in packages during a drug check. According to the Prosecutor, the suspects had clients all over ... Read More »

Dutch finance minister cancels visit to Saudi investment conference

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Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra has cancelled his visit to Saudia Arabia because of the probable murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Hoekstra was due to attend an investment conference in Riyadh next week and take part in a panel session. He hinted earlier this week that he may pull out of the event. Last ... Read More »

Officials crack down on illegal taxi companies in Amsterdam

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Hundreds of illegal taxis are operating in Amsterdam and around Schiphol airport, government inspectors say Parool. The inspectorate, police and tax office officials have launched a crackdown on illegal taxi operations. So far 20 companies have been tracked down, some with over 100 drivers, the paper said. ‘It all looks good in the taxi register but as soon as we ... Read More »

CAMERAS TO HELP FIGHT COCAINE, HUMAN TRAFFICKING AT ROTTERDAM PORT

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The Rotterdam investigative authorities are going to use cameras for extra surveillance at the port of Rotterdam. They hope that this will help in the fight against cocaine- and human trafficking. “In this way the net around the cocaine traffickers will be pulled tighter again”, Bert Wiersema, director of enforcement policy at customs, said NU.nl reports. The first new cameras ... Read More »

Seven arrested in raids across Utrecht in gangland killing probe

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Seven people have been arrested in a string of police raids in Utrecht and its surrounding towns on Tuesday morning in what is thought to be a major investigation into organised crime. In total, eight homes were raided and searched in Utrecht, Nieuwegein, Tiel and Vianen and the Telegraaf says the raids are probably connected to the ‘mocro mafia’, the ... Read More »

Dutch gov’t invests €100 million extra for education

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Over the next five years the Dutch government will invest 20 million euros per year into improving education in developing countries, Minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation announced at the United Nations in New York. “Education is one of the priorities of my policy. It offers women and young people opportunities for better work and a decent ... Read More »

Dutch govt hires nearly 1,000 customs officials to prepare for ‘no deal’ Brexit

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The Dutch government has completed the hiring of nearly 1,000 new customs officers to prepare for a looming “no deal” Brexit, according to a senior official in the country. Pieter Omtzigt, the rapporteur on Brexit for the Dutch parliament, confirmed the recruitment had taken place – as weeks of turmoil linked to Theresa May’s new plan for exiting the EU ... Read More »

Dutch trucker gets 10 years in UK for cocaine trafficking

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A 60-year-old truck driver from the Netherlands was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Great Britain for cocaine trafficking. He was caught smuggling 15 kilograms of the drug into the country early this year. According to the British Prosecutor, the drugs are worth around 1.5 million pounds, or about 1.7 million euros, RTL Nieuws reports. The Dutch man was ... Read More »

Dutch Cxught smuggling crystal meth to Ibiza

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Two Dutch men were caught trying to smuggle 15 kilograms of raw materials for crystal meth to the Spanish island of Ibiza. They were arrested. The Spanish police released a video of the drug bust. The two 25-year-old men were caught trying to board the ferry in the Spanish coastal city of Denia, RTL Nieuws reports. The chemicals were found ... Read More »

Dutch Caught With 300 Kilos Cocaine On Yacht Near Mallorca

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Four Dutch and a German were caught with 300 kilograms of cocaine on a yacht near Mallorca. They were arrested by the Spanish authorities, NOS reports. One of the detained Dutch, a 54-year-old man from Schagen, is the owner of the yacht. In the Netherlands he is the main suspect in a large money laundering investigation, according to the broadcaster. ... Read More »

Fish Seized In Drug Bust Donated To Dutch Zoos, Aquariums

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A massive shipment fish that the Rotterdam police seized in a drug bust last month, is being donated to zoos and aquariums in the Netherlands, the Public Prosecutor announced. It involves thousands of kilograms of hake and cod that were used to hide 1,125 kilograms of cocaine from Ecuador. The drugs were discovered in one of three containers in a ... Read More »

Foreign investors don’t consider dividend tax an issue, experts say

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The tax which foreign investors pay on dividends is not an issue for large British investors in Dutch shares, Rients Abma, the director of the Dutch association of institutional investors Eumedion, has told broadcaster NOS. The government is planning to scrap the text from 2020, saying the measure is crucial for the business climate. The controversial decision will cost the ... Read More »

Economic growth will reach 2.5% next year, says government think-tank

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The Dutch economy will continue to grow next year but the rate of growth will ease, the government’s macro-economic think-tank CPB said in a preliminary report. The CPB puts next year’s growth at 2.5%, down slightly on the 2.8% forecast for 2018. Unemployment will continue to fall and will reach 3.5%, its lowest level since 2001, the CPB said. Trade ... Read More »

Dutch economic growth reaches 2.9% in Q2, consumer spending up 2%

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The Dutch economy grew 0.7% in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the first quarter, taking year on year growth to 2.9%, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday. Consumer speaking, investments and exports all helped drive the economy upwards, the CBS said. Consumers spend 2% more in the second quarter, continuing four years of solid growth. Companies ... Read More »

Dutch govt hires nearly 1,000 customs officials to prepare for ‘no deal’ Brexit

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The Dutch government has completed the hiring of nearly 1,000 new customs officers to prepare for a looming “no deal” Brexit, according to a senior official in the country. Pieter Omtzigt, the rapporteur on Brexit for the Dutch parliament, confirmed the recruitment had taken place – as weeks of turmoil linked to Theresa May’s new plan for exiting the EU ... Read More »

Urk fishermen face jail for role in cocaine smuggling operation

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The five-strong crew of a fishing boat from the staunchly religious village of Urk were they could be jailed for up to six years for their role in a cocaine smuggling operation. The five are currently appearing in court in Amsterdam.They were arrested last June when customs officials and police found 261 kilos of cocaine on board their trawler in ... Read More »

Six arrests after smuggling 509 kilos of cocaine

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As a result of a successful cooperation between the National Investigation Service and the Hit and Run Cargo (HARC) Team, 509 kilos of cocaine have been intercepted in Rotterdam. The narcotics were hidden in three sea containers with furniture, gearboxes and diesel engines and have a value of 18 million euros. The HARC Team Rotterdam, a cooperation of the Rotterdam-Rijnmond ... Read More »

Urk fishermen jailed for their role in international cocaine smuggling

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The five-strong crew of a fishing boat from the staunchly religious village of Urk were jailed for up to six years for their role in a cocaine smuggling operation by judges in Amsterdam. Johannes N, the owner of the boat, who admitted smuggling the drug, was jailed for four years, one year more than the public prosecution had called for. ... Read More »

Chinese man who smuggled five rhino horns through the Netherlands is jailed by Dutch court

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A Chinese man has been sentenced to a year in a Dutch jail for smuggling five rhino horns and four other horn objects worth about €500,000 (US$613,000) in his luggage. The man was caught by customs officials at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in December, as he transited from South Africa to the Chinese city of Shanghai. “The Amsterdam court has sentenced ... Read More »

Urk fishermen jailed for their role in international cocaine smuggling

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The five-strong crew of a fishing boat from the staunchly religious village of Urk were jailed for up to six years for their role in a cocaine smuggling operation by judges in Amsterdam. Johannes N, the owner of the boat, who admitted smuggling the drug, was jailed for four years, one year more than the public prosecution had called for. ... Read More »