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Up To 13 Years In Prison Cocaine Trafficking From South America


The court in Amsterdam sentenced three men to up to 13 years in prison for large-scale cocaine trafficking. Large batches of cocaine were smuggled out of South America on container ships, thrown overboard at sea, and then fished out by fishing boats from Urk and brought to the Netherlands, NOS reports. The most severe punishment was imposed on Muhammed S. ... Read More »

Dutch Police Hack Into Criminal Chat Service; Hundreds Of Suspects


The Dutch police made a breakthrough in intercepting encrypted messages between criminals. They gained access to the server of chat app Ironchat and could read messages sent between criminals as they were sent, the police announced on Tuesday afternoon. Over a hundred suspects were identified and many arrests will follow, reports. “With this, the police and the Public Prosecution ... Read More »

Thirteen Arrested For Exporting Drugs To Scandinavia


The police arrested 12 people in the Netherlands for involvement in the production and export of drugs to Scandinavia. A 13th suspect was arrested in Peer, Belgium. The suspects are 12 men and a woman between the ages of 32 and 16 years. They were arrested on Monday, but the police only announced the arrests. The police searched buildings in ... Read More »

Nearly 240 kilos of Marijuana found under ship in Rotterdam


Customs divers found 239 kilograms of marijuana hidden under a sea going vessel docked at a terminal on Maasvlakte in Rotterdam, the Public Prosecutor said. The customs officer decided to dive underneath the ship after the seaport police received a report that something suspicious was detected during the maintenance of the ship. The diving team removed several large sports bags ... Read More »

Two Victims In Enschede Deaths Previously Arrested For Drugs


Two of the four men who were found killed in a business premises in Enschede on Tuesday were arrested in June after a large amount of cannabis was found in the same building, the police confirmed. The police believe that all four men were shot to death, reports. The victims were identified as a 43-year-old man from Enschede, a ... Read More »

Bharti Airtel to pre-pay $1.5 billion debt with Netherlands arm

Bharti Airtel

Bharti Airtel on said it will pre-pay $1.5 billion debt with its subsidiary Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands), using the proceeds it got from six global entities investing in its Africa unit. Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) B V commenced cash purchase of $1.5 billion, 5.125 per cent Guaranteed Senior Notes which were due in 2023, Bharti Airtel said in a regulatory ... Read More »

€16 billion laundered in netherlands each year: report


Every year around 16 billion euros is laundered in the Netherlands, 90 percent of which come from drug trafficking and fraud, researchers at Utrecht University found in a study commissioned by the the scientific research and documentation center WODC. Fraud is increasing and the under- and upper world are becoming increasingly intertwined, the researchers warned in Trouw. The researchers came ... Read More »

Netherlands prepares to be EU financial trading hub after Brexit

FILE PHOTO - British and EU flags are seen prior to the arrival of British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, ahead of the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

AMSTERDAM: The Dutch financial markets authority (AFM) said it was preparing for a 20-fold increase in financial trading taking place on its infrastructure in the event that Britain leaves the European Union in March with no deal in place. The AFM said that while banks are shifting operations to Frankfurt and Paris, and asset managers to Luxembourg and Dublin, trading ... Read More »

Tv Presenter Arrested In Breda For Drug Trafficking


Former TV presenter Frank Masmeijer, suspected of trafficking cocaine through the port of Antwerp, was arrested in a hotel in Breda on Tuesday. According to Masmeijers’ Dutch lawyer, Geert-Jan Knoops, Belgium recently issued an arrest warrant for his client in connection with the drug trafficking case, reports. “We will challenge the legality of this [arrest warrant] in the procedure ... Read More »

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


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


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

Taxi cab sign on top of the vehicle at nighttime

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 »



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 reports. The first new cameras ... Read More »

Seven arrested in raids across Utrecht in gangland killing probe

Amsterdam,netherlands-may 17, 2015:  Dutch police badge and radio walkie talkie

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


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


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


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


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


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 »