Tons of cocaine seized again near Amsterdam, traffickers arrested

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Law enforcement officers seized nearly three tons of cocaine and 11.3 million euros ($13.5 million) in cash when they raided a farm near the village of De Kwake, Amsterdam a few days ago. The drugs were in the building about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) south of the Dutch capital and in vehicles searched by investigators. The seized cocaine has an estimated street value of €195 million. Police also recovered six guns, silencers, ammunition as well as luxury items and money counting machines during the raid. Two men, ages 54 and 29, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in large-scale drug trafficking and appeared Monday before an investigating judge. The cocaine “is most likely part of a South American drugs pipeline” and further arrests are expected, a police statement added. Previously, moths ago, Europol warned that the continent was being flooded with “unprecedented quantities” of cocaine.

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A drug lab was recently discovered in an apartment complex located above a daycare center on IJburg in Amsterdam, on the fourth floor. There were also 360 liters of chemicals, equipment and tools used to process cocaine. The area between IJmuiden and the Port of Amsterdam is threatening to become an alternative drug smuggling route. The security system in Amsterdam is disjointed due to its complex location, which covers several municipalities, security regions, and police departments.