10 arrested after cocaine found in flowers at two Dutch airports

Ten people who work or worked for a logistics company which does business via Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport have been arrested on drugs smuggling charges.

The arrests follow the discovery of 27 kilos of cocaine hidden in cut flowers in January. The investigation also led to the seizure of 160 kilos of cocaine hidden in flowers at Maastricht airport several weeks later.

The suspects are aged between 30 and 40 and were arrested at the airport, in Amsterdam and Almere. Eight of the 10, who include Dutch, Polish, Azerbaijani and Latvian nationals, remain in custody.

The logistics company is located close to Schiphol but the military police who are investing the smuggling efforts have declined to give further details.


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