On a farm near Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, police recovered nearly three tons of cocaine and €11.3 million ($13.5 million) in cash.
According to Dutch authorities, cocaine has a street value of €195 million. This is one of the country's largest drug busts to date. Additionally, officers seized six firearms, silencers, and ammunition, according to an Amsterdam police statement. Moreover, authorities seized luxury items such as expensive wines and vintage cars.
The Netherlands has developed into a major entry point for drugs into Europe, primarily via its international port of Rotterdam. Europol warned in April that the continent was being swamped with "unprecedented quantities" of cocaine.
Previous research has shown that the port of Rotterdam plays a central role in international drug trafficking with organized crime groups taking advantage of its geographical and infrastructural conditions. The port of Rotterdam expanded to meet the growing demand for large-scale modernized terminals and port facilities with excellent access to the sea, road, and rail transport and low pollution levels for nearby residential areas. Unfortunately, as a result of the structural embeddedness, it also provided fertile ground for the illicit drug trade to thrive in the form of international drug trafficking.
The Port of Rotterdam, as a vital gateway to Europe, is well-known for its high-quality infrastructure and efficiency, but it also attracts organized crime groups that traffic cocaine via transatlantic trade flows.
Last Thursday, police raided a property near the village of De Kwakel, a few kilometres south of Schiphol airport after conducting It followed a lengthy investigation.
Two men, aged 54 and 29, were taken into custody on suspicion of being involved in large-scale drug trafficking operations.
The cocaine "is most likely part of a South American drug pipeline," according to the police statement. After further inspection, more arrests are anticipated.
In February, Belgian, Dutch, and German police during raids in Hamburg and Antwerp seized a record 23 tons of cocaine worth billions of euros destined for the Netherlands.