Dutch police say they managed to uncover what they described as the largest cocaine lab ever found in the Netherlands and arrested 17 citizens of Colombia, Turkey and the Netherlands. The workshop is located in a former riding school in Nijveen, 120 kilometers north-east of Amsterdam. Andre van Rijn, chief inspector of the police organization that dismantled the drug production plant, said the laboratory was equipped with a production capacity of 150-200 kilograms of cocaine per day, with a value of road between 4.5 and 8 million euros.
A laboratory with an “enormous” production capacity
Seventeen people were arrested, including 13 Colombian citizens, the other suspect had dual Dutch and Colombian nationality. Apart from this, the citizens of the Netherlands and Turkey. Police said further arrests were possible. Police find equipment and supplies including plastic and chemical barrels and a row of five red concrete mixers used to extract cocaine from textiles such as drug-impregnated clothing before it is exported to the Netherlands .
“This is the largest cocaine lab ever found in the Netherlands,” a police spokesperson said. “The production capacity is very important.” The lab works like a “drug wash,” the cocaine is “washed” from clothes and textiles, police said. To smuggle cocaine, the substances are dissolved in a solution which is then wrapped in a cloth before being sent to the Netherlands. Upon arrival at the laboratory, the fabrics are again washed with a special chemical to separate the cocaine ready for sale. In two more raids on warehouses in the towns of Apeldoorn and Elshout, police found 120,000 kilograms of clothing that had been used to transport cocaine. The Netherlands is considered the main point of entry for narcotics and illicit drugs into Europe, in particular through the port of Rotterdam, which is the largest port in Europe.