Emmeloord and Urk drug dealers jailed

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24 June 2004, AMSTERDAM — Underlining evidence of hard drug use by young people in small Dutch towns, five men were jailed by a court on Thursday for selling cocaine and heroin in Urk on the IJsselmeer and in nearby Emmeloord.

24 June 2004

AMSTERDAM — Underlining evidence of hard drug use by young people in small Dutch towns, five men were jailed by a court on Thursday for selling cocaine and heroin in Urk on the IJsselmeer and in nearby Emmeloord.

The men were found guilty of selling drugs to young adults and teenagers in Urk. The drugs were stored and mainly sold from a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Emmeloord.

In total, 23 people were arrested in a follow-up investigation sparked by a police crackdown on hard drug use in Urk. The man judged to be the "brain" behind the drug dealing operation was sentenced to two years in jail and an accomplice received a nine-month term.

Three other men were jailed by Lelystad Court for terms ranging between 12 and 18 months for their roles in the drug dealing, news agency Novum reported.

Mayor Dick Schutte of Urk expressed shock back in July 2002 at predictions there were about 100 regular hard drug users in the small fishing town, which holds a majority market share in the Dutch fishing industry. Experts warned this figure could increase to 500 drug users within a few years.

In January this year, a study found that ecstasy and cocaine had become fully integrated into the nightlife in Volendam, a picturesque tourist village and one-time fishing harbour north of Amsterdam.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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