The Amsterdam police say that hundreds of young men in Amsterdam Southeast are ready to play a role in the cocaine trade. That writes Het Parool. ‘We used to find a few hundred kilos every now and then, but now it’s about thousands of kilos a week. The earnings model is bizarre and the amounts are phenomenal. ‘
According to the Amsterdam newspaper, eleven men were arrested at night in the German city of Karlsruhe on 19 July who were busy removing a batch of cocaine from the port. Because the police lost sight of the further transport, it is not known how many kilos it was exactly. The container came from Antwerp.
4200 kilo coke
It was the third time in three months that a large group of young men from Amsterdam Southeast have been arrested in a foreign port for hauling out batches of cocaine. In April, eight young men were arrested in the port of Antwerp, mainly from Amsterdam-Southeast, who had to extract 4,200 kilos of coke.
In addition, two Rotterdammers and a man from the Bijlmer were arrested in the port of Antwerp on 18 June. They are suspected of wanting to remove 1,200 kilos of cocaine from a container. At the end of June, five suspects aged 18 to 26, mainly from Amsterdam Southeast, were arrested in the Antwerp port area who wanted to extract 3,400 kilos of cocaine.
Many of the young men of the two parties weighing 3400 kilos and 4200 kilos have ties with a group from Amsterdam-Holendrecht in particular, which also includes some rappers from the gangsta rap formation Zone6. The popular rapper JoeyAK, who is detained for a violent kidnapping and aggravated assault, also belongs to Zone6.
The cocaine batches come from Central and South America, where a drug syndicate is active with close ties to Amsterdam-Zuidoost. This ensures that many Amsterdam boys and young men are prepared to enter the large-scale cocaine trade. They take lots of drugs and are capable of many things in the hope of quickly making a career in the underworld.
With a major project, the municipality, police and judicial authorities in the Bijlmer want to invest in the district in all kinds of ways for years, in a new attempt to tackle the problems of (serious) crime and poverty.
‘Thousands of kilos a week’
Amsterdam police chief Olivier Dutilh told Het Parool: ‘We used to find a few hundred kilos every now and then, but now it’s about thousands of kilos a week. Suppose we take up 10 percent, as is thought: then the market is huge, because we find thousands of kilos at the same time. The business model for cocaine is bizarre and the amounts are phenomenal. Mayor Bart De Wever of Antwerp was right when he complained that 80 to 90 percent of the cocaine trade was in the hands of Dutch drug syndicates. ‘
According to the police, the leaders of the large drug organizations usually come from Amsterdam, the Utrecht and Rotterdam region, but they themselves operate from Dubai, Central America, South America, Spain and Morocco.
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