Saturday 23 January 2021

Drugs by post: ‘Dutch dealers sent thousands of parcels abroad each month’


Dutch dealers are sending thousands of parcels of cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy to customers abroad, the NRC reported on Tuesday.

In particular, police and customs officials in Germany, France, Britain, Australia and various Asian countries have had enough of the Dutch drugs parcels and the issue risks damaging the country’s reputation, the paper said.

According to some estimates, dealers are sending around 9,000 packages abroad and 400 deliveries were intercepted in Australia in one month. Dutch police have received 120 requests for information from abroad since 2019, the NRC said.

The quantities range from a couple of grams of cocaine to sweet jars filled with ecstasy pills.

The NRC says police are also concerned about the new breed of dealers – young, well-educated men without a record – who operate behind special browsers to advertise their wares.

They don’t really realise they are international drugs dealers, public prosecutor Neeltje Keeris told the paper. ‘They think they will get away with a warning and community service.’

At the end of last year, a Dutch student was jailed for five years for sending at least 70 packages of drugs, primarily to Australia.

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