Amsterdam police have discovered almost 3000 kilos of cocaine and 11.3 million euros in cash on a farm in the North Holland village of De Kwakel.
The police confirm this after reporting from De Telegraaf.
A police spokesman says in the NOS Radio 1 Journaal that the drugs and money come from a South American drug line.
“As part of the investigation, we cannot disclose nationality,”
“This is without a doubt one of the biggest drug busts by the Amsterdam police.
The find was already made on Thursday, but kept quiet by the police for investigative and security reasons.
This proves the police are fearful of narco gangs trying to get back the drugs.
Two suspects were arrested and they were in restriction, which means that they were only allowed to have contact with their lawyer.
They were brought before the courts yesterday.
“We do not think it is chic or fair to make everything public sooner while the suspects themselves are not allowed to share anything”, the spokesperson said about why it is only now coming out.
Some residents of De Kwakel are surprised by the huge drug bust in their village:
One lady said ‘I’m surprised it’s happening here’
Nearly 3 tonnes
In total, 2933 kilos of drugs with a street value of 195 million euros were found.
There was also 11.3 million euros in cash.
In addition, all kinds of luxury goods were found.
“Then you have to think of expensive wines, an old-timer and even a book about the boxing legend Muhammad Ali of 12,500 euros of one meter by one meter.”
In addition, six (hand) firearms, silencers, ammunition and money counting machines were found.
There were also posters of the crime film The Godfather on the wall.
“Everything you imagine from movies and series about the South American drug world was found.”
Bags of money and packages of cocaine found in the farm:
The police discovered the drugs after “prolonged analysis of information”.
The spokesperson calls it “a nice collaboration” between information specialists and financial and economic investigators.
“That collaboration has led to this special find.”
No one was registered at the address of the farm in the village in the municipality of Uithoorn.
Police did find a 54-year-old man, who was arrested.
In Aalsmeer, a second suspect of 29 years from Hilversum was arrested in a car.
They are suspected of large-scale drug trafficking.
Police do not rule out multiple arrests.
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Meanwhile elsewhere in Europe in Spain Police have dismantled a criminal group dedicated to the international traffic of stolen vehicles.
5 people have been arrested for the theft of 39 vehicles, having managed to recover all of them
They used European ports to get the vehicles out of our country bound for different parts of Africa
This criminal group specialized in the theft of hybrid cars, bringing the value of the recovered vehicles to around €3,000,000
The Civil Guard has had the collaboration of the French Gendarmerie and the coordination of Europol
Dismantled a criminal group dedicated to the international traffic of stolen vehicles
The Civil Guard, within the framework of the “TOLEX” operation.
Police say they were dedicated to the illicit traffic of vehicles from Spain to Europe and Africa.
The operation has resulted in the arrest of 5 people for the alleged commission of crimes of belonging to a criminal group, theft of vehicles, falsification of documents and reception.
The detainees, of Spanish, Bulgarian and Moroccan nationality, are charged with the theft of more than 39 high-end hybrid vehicles in Spain whose market value exceeds € 3,000,000.
In the records made, various tools have been obtained to open vehicle doors, gps devices, electronic devices to override anti-theft security measures, blank keys, sets of counterfeit license plates and cash.
Hybrid Vehicle Theft Increase
Once the restrictions on mobility of the first State of Alarm that were decreed in Spain due to COVID-19 had ended, researchers observed a considerable increase in thefts of hybrid vehicles in our country, with a fairly significant pattern. characteristic in a large part of them.
Thus initiated the investigation and as a result of the analysis of the information obtained, the agents of the Automobile Organized Crime Section of the Central Operative Unit of the Civil Guard (UCO),
They focus their efforts on locating, identifying and arresting the possible perpetrators, being able to corroborate the existence of an international criminal organisation that operated from our country, which was specialised in the theft of hybrid vehicles mainly, which were later transferred to different countries in Africa and Europe.
Theft in broad daylight and in community garages
All the vehicles object of this operation were stolen in the Community of Madrid, for which the members of the investigated organization traveled through the different districts and towns of this Community in order to detect vehicles of the make and model they wanted.
Those who were subjected to close monitoring to obtain information on the routines of their owners, homes and parking spaces, even going so far as to remove them in broad daylight from inside community garages.
Theft without force in less than 20 seconds using illegal software
Once the vehicle chosen was parked in a feasible place for their interests, the members of this criminal group connected a software developed by hackers to circumvent the security systems installed by the manufacturer in each specific model.
that meant in less than 20 seconds they accessed the interior of the vehicle without any forcing and without triggering the alarm system, and could then be connected to the vehicle’s electronic control unit, obtaining a key coding with the same characteristics as the original.
Subsequently, these vehicles are transferred to commercial or leisure areas with a large number of parking spaces to go unnoticed, being in these places where the license plates were changed for other false “temporary” that coincided with the make and model of the vehicle without appearing stolen.
This was all with the purpose of avoiding any type of police verification, assuming that they would only be located if they had a remote gps system.