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Dutch Father, Sons Arrested In International Cocaine Bust

A Dutch father and his two sons were arrested in Belgium and Spain over the past weeks for smuggling 3,300 kilograms of cocaine into the Netherlands through the port of Antwerp. The cocaine was seized in a warehouse in Hazeldonk in January 2017. All three suspects have been extradited to the Netherlands and are in custody, the police said in ... Read More »

Drug criminal, daughter hurt in attempted assassination in amstelveen

A 55-year-old man and his 17-year-old daughter were injured in a shooting in Amstelveen afternoon. The injured man has a criminal record and is suspected of cocaine trafficking and money laundering, according to broadcaster NOS. The shooting happened at around 12:00 p.m. on Grote Wielen in Westwijk. The two victims were taken to hospital. Both were conscious and able to ... Read More »

HK$10 million ketamine haul in air parcels from Germany and the Netherlands marks new smuggling trend

About HK$10 million (US$1.3 million) worth of ketamine concealed in food packages was found air mailed from Germany and the Netherlands over five weeks this year, prompting Hong Kong authorities to boost intelligence exchange with European forces. The total haul of 20kg marked a new smuggling trend for the drug – a switch from traditional sources such as mainland China ... Read More »

Dutch customs seize 90,000 bottles of vodka believed to be for Kim Jong-un

Dutch customs officials at the port of Rotterdam have seized 90,000 bottles of vodka believed to be destined for the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and his army chiefs. The discovery, on the eve of Kim’s two-day summit with Donald Trump in Hanoi, was made after Dutch authorities flagged up the suspicious route and records of a Chinese-owned container ship, ... Read More »

Five years on, Uber settles Dutch UberPop case for €2.3m

Taxi agency Uber has reached a €2.025m out of court settlement with the Dutch public prosecution office for operating its illegal UberPop service in the Netherlands in 2014 and 2015. The UberPop option allows private individuals to operate as taxis, but this is illegal under Dutch law. The company has also agreed to hand over the €309,409 it earned from ... Read More »

Millions of Euros confiscated during police raids in hague neigborhood

During raids in dozens of apartments in The Hague neighborhood of Ypenburg on Tuesday morning, the police confiscated millions of euros in cash, five firearms, narcotics and 14 cars. A total of 18 people were arrested, the police said in a statement. The police raided a total of 35 locations in Ypenburg, Rijswijk, Zoetermeer, Nootdorp and one location in Rotterdam. ... Read More »

France, the Netherlands make up after Air France-KLM share purchase

The Netherlands and France have issued a joint statement confirming their determination to make the Air France-KLM combo ‘the best airline in the world’. Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra was in Paris on Friday morning for talks following his surprise announcement earlier this week that the Netherlands had bought a stake in the airline holding company to secure the country’s ... Read More »

Dutch seize 90,000 bottles of vodka they say were heading for North Korea

Some 90,000 bottles of vodka found in a container on a Chinese freight ship were destined for North Korean leader Kim Jung-un and his army chiefs, the AD said on Tuesday. The find was made last Thursday and on Friday the Dutch foreign affairs ministry gave officials the green light to seize the shipment, which came from Russia. The official ... 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 »

Schiphol workers arrested in drug trafficking investigation

Another two Schiphol employees were arrested in an investigation into large-scale drug trafficking. The two men, aged 33 and 44 from Amsterdam, worked in the baggage, catering and cleaning departments. They were arrested by the Koninklijke Marechaussee on Tuesday, reports. Twelve other arrests were made in this investigation last year. Nine of those suspects worked at Schiphol. The suspects ... Read More »

1,500 Kilos Cocaine found in Mangoes at Rotterdam Port; Customs officer arrested

A massive 1,500 kilograms of cocaine was found hidden among mangoes in a container at the port of Rotterdam on Wednesday. A 37-year-old customs officer from Rotterdam was arrested on suspicion of involvement in this drug transport, the Public Prosecutor announced. The container came from Brazil, according to the Prosecutor. Early this year the Rijksrecherche, the department that handles internal ... Read More »

Outstanding fine leads Police to Cocaine bust

The police in Oosterhout arrested a 28-year-old man for being in the possession of kilograms of cocaine. The cocaine was found in the man’s car after the police confiscated it because the man had an unpaid fine, the police said in a statement. On Wednesday the police and municipality went to check the man’s home due to suspicions of housing ... Read More »

The UK’s First Legal Bulk Cannabis Shipment Has Finally Arrived

The first bulk shipment of 800g of legal cannabis arrived in the UK from the Netherlands on Thursday. The shipment cleared UK customs on Friday morning, ending months of frustration for patients who have been legally prescribed the medicine, but could not find a pharmacy prepared to supply it. The medicine is now on its way to patients who are ... Read More »

Rabobank fined €1m for poor money laundering checks

Dutch central bank DNB fined Rabobank over 1 million euros for not having its customer files in order, and therefore doing inadequate checks on criminal money flows, Rabobank confirmed to the Volkskrant. The fine was issued in September last year and applies to violations up to and including 2016. According to DNB, important information was missing in Rabobank’s customer files. ... Read More »

Netherlands talking to 250 firms about leaving UK

The Dutch government has said it is in talks with more than 250 companies about moving their operations from the UK to the Netherlands before Brexit. The economic affairs ministry said it had lured 42 companies or branch offices and 1,923 jobs from the UK last year, as it increases its efforts to gain Brexit business. Among those who have ... Read More »

EU investigates Nike’s tax status in the Netherlands

The European commission has opened an investigation into the tax treatment of Nike in the Netherlands, saying it may have given the US sportswear maker an illegal advantage. The commission said in a statement that Dutch authorities had issued five tax rulings from 2006 to 2015, two of which were still in force, endorsing a method to calculate the royalty ... Read More »

Dutch continue Brexit preparations, recruit vets from overseas

The Dutch customs office is writing to 72,277 Dutch firms which do business with the UK warning them to make sure they are properly prepared for Brexit. The service’s general director Nanette van Schelven told the Financieele Dagblad in an interview it is ‘high time for action’ because many companies are not ready to deal with the consequences. In particular, ... Read More »

Netherlands invests €30m in world’s biggest radio telescope

The Netherlands is investing €30m in the world’s biggest radio telescope, education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven announced in a letter to parliament on Monday. The project is part of a number of scientific innovations worth a total of €108m to be realised in the next four years. The telescope, or Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be financed by 11 countries ... Read More »

Four jailed for up to seven years for 2005 Schiphol diamond heist

Four men, arrested in Spain and Amsterdam in 2017 in connection with a massive diamond heist at Schiphol airport in 2005, have been jailed for up to seven years by judges in Haarlem. A seventh man, said to be the brains between the biggest ever robbery in the Netherlands, died before he could come to trial, the Telegraaf, reporting live ... Read More »

More than 250 firms interested in Brexit move to The Netherlands

The Hague: Dutch officials are in contact with more than 250 companies about a possible post-Brexit move, the government said after Sony revealed it would shift its base to the Netherlands. The Dutch government will announce a final figure in February but “every new arrival of a business, big or small, is a success”, Michiel Bakhuizen, a spokesperson for the ... Read More »