Man accused of smuggling 900 kilos of cocaine through Schiphol


A 48-year-old man from Almere has been arrested in connection with 900 kilos of cocaine smuggled through Schiphol airport, border control police announced.

The man is accused of being connected with multiple shipments of cocaine smuggled through the airport.

During a search of his home, police discovered €78,000 in cash and devices containing pictures of containers used at Schiphol for goods transport. Police say that he was arrested on Wednesday on the basis of SKY and Encrochat accounts they have linked to him.

‘The research team suspects that the accused was in close contact with employees at companies in Schiphol in relation to criminal activities,’ said the border police in a statement.

‘If there is any indication that employees of companies at Schiphol are involved in criminal activities, further investigation will be done by the Dutch border police, under the North Holland public prosecutor.

‘The North Holland public prosecutor, border police, FIOD [tax office criminal investigation branch], customs and tax office are working closely together to combat serious crime, drug smuggling and money laundering in and around Schiphol airport.’

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