Amsterdam's mayor orders drug bust house boarded up
A house raided and found with cannabis has been boarded for the first time in the Netherlands.1 August 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - For the first time in the Netherlands, a house has been boarded up after a drug find.
In a raid on the house in the Ijburg area of Amsterdam, police found close 450 kilogrammes of cannabis with a street value of EUR 1.5 million.
The house was situated near a primary school, which prompted Amsterdam's Mayor Job Cohen to announce that he wants no drug dealers hanging around the area. He hopes that by shutting the house down for three months, he will prevent other dealers or criminals moving in to the area.
The Netherlands' Opium Law, which has been in existence since 1928, gives the authorities the power to board up coffee shops and other locations found dealing in illegal drugs. The law was recently expanded to make the closing of individual residences possible.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]