Dutch cops seize 1.5 tonnes of cannabis, German arrested

15th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Dutch police have arrested a German man near Arnhem in the eastern Netherlands after discovering some one-and-a-half tonnes of cannabis in a van he was driving, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

"He was driving a transport company van, without bumpers, which caught the attention of police officers on patrol," Frans Zuiderhoek told AFP.

Police stopped the van as it headed towards Germany on Tuesday and searched the driver and his cargo of compost.

Inside, police found 36 bags, each weighing 42 kilogrammes (92 pounds), containing compressed cannabis leaves divided into one kilogramme packets, Zuiderhoek said.

He added: "The cannabis was not good quality. It was not Dutch cannabis," saying the drugs were probably in transit through the Netherlands on the way to and on its way to Germany.

The 39-year-old German driver, who lived in Kranenburg near the Dutch border also refused to say where the drugs came from, or where the shipment was going, Zuiderhoek said.

© 2011 AFP

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