Police arrest 17 after raiding largest cocaine factory ever found in Netherlands | World News


Police have arrested 17 people after raiding what is thought to be the largest cocaine factory ever found in the Netherlands.

About 100kg of crack cocaine and tens of thousands of litres of chemicals were discovered when detectives raided a former horse riding school.

Inside the laboratory, which lies 75 miles (120km) northeast of Amsterdam, they found sleeping quarters and recreational areas.

The site is thought to be 'the largest cocaine factory ever found in the Netherlands'. Pic: Politie Landelijke Eenheid
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The site is thought to be the largest cocaine factory ever found in the Netherlands. Pic: Politie Landelijke Eenheid
Tens of thousands of litres of chemicals were discovered by officers. Pic: Politie Landelijke Eenheid
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Tens of thousands of litres of chemicals were discovered by officers. Pic: Politie Landelijke Eenheid

Chief Inspector Andre van Rijn said the laboratory was able to produce cocaine with a street value of €4.5m to €6m (£4m to £5.4m) every day.

He added: “This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands.

“Given the number of people who worked there, the installation, the size, the furnishings and the equipment, we estimate the production capacity at 150kg to 200kg of cocaine per day.”

Beds and were found at the former horse riding school 75 miles northeast of Amsterdam. Pic: 
Politie Landelijke Eenheid
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Beds were found at the site. Pic: Politie Landelijke Eenheid
Microwaves and worktops were discovered at the site in the raid. Pic: Politie Landelijke Eenheid
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Microwaves and worktops were also discovered. Pic: Politie Landelijke Eenheid

Police footage showed equipment and supplies including plastic barrels, vats of chemicals and a row of five red cement mixers, used to extract cocaine from products like clothing that are impregnated with the drug before being exported to the Netherlands.

Most of the suspects were arrested at the lab. Thirteen of those in custody are Colombians, three are Dutch, and one is Turkish.

They are due to appear before an investigating magistrate on Wednesday and Thursday.

Detectives are continuing their investigation.



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