Airline employees smuggling drugs

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9 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Marechaussee investigators, customs officials, and the fiscal investigation service FIOD/ECD rounded up a large international drug smuggling ring operating via Schiphol over the last few weeks. Six men have been arrested, the Marechaussee announced on Friday.

9 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Marechaussee investigators, customs officials, and the fiscal investigation service FIOD/ECD rounded up a large international drug smuggling ring operating via Schiphol over the last few weeks. Six men have been arrested, the Marechaussee announced on Friday.

The men are suspected of importing large shipments of drugs into the Netherlands. The Marechaussee and customs confiscated a total of more than 100 kilos of cocaine in this investigation.

Three of the suspected smugglers work at Martinair, a spokesperson for the Dutch airline has confirmed. He did not want to comment further on the case.

The investigation into the criminal organisation started last year and was mainly focussed on Martinair employees.

The detective work by the Marechaussee and customs indicate that the drugs were hidden onboard flights leaving Mexico and the Dominican Republic. After arrival at Schiphol the cocaine was brought into the Netherlands.

Various homes were searched after the suspects were arrested. Detectives found a number of firearms and quantities of ammunition. The investigation team also confiscated a speedboat, several expensive cars and a large quantity of cash.

The Marechaussee says the case has now been concluded. Five suspects will appear in court on 14 March for procedural hearings. The sixth suspect will be brought before the court at a later date.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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