Leeuwarder (40) suspected of importing almost 600 kilos of cocaine longer

Leeuwarder (40) suspected of importing almost 600 kilos of cocaine longer

The Public Prosecution Service suspects a 40-year-old man from Leeuwarden of involvement in, among other things, the import of 597 kilos of cocaine via the port of Antwerp. The batch of drugs was seized by the Belgian authorities on 3 May. The man was arrested a day later. He has been in complete restrictions ever since.

The drug transport came into the picture in an investigation by the police in the Northern Netherlands in response to cracked messages via, among others, ANOM and Encrochat. In addition to importing cocaine, the Public Prosecution Service also suspects the Leeuwarder of setting up drug labs in an organized context.

The investigation shows that the suspect would be involved in a drug lab in Miedum that was dismantled on January 17, 2021. Raw materials for the production of methamphetamine were found there. Information had been received from the police in the Northern Netherlands that drugs would be produced at this location.

In addition to the main suspect, a 50-year-old man from Drachten and a 39-year-old man from Leeuwarden were also arrested in the investigation. They were interviewed after their arrest and have since been sent away. According to the judiciary, they remain suspects in the case.

The 40-year-old main suspect was brought before the council chamber in Leeuwarden on Wednesday. He has decided that he will remain in pre-trial detention for the next 90 days. The restrictions have since been lifted.

In addition to investigating the criminal offenses, the Public Prosecution Service and the police are also investigating the criminal assets of the suspects. More arrests are not excluded.

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