Guns with latest illegal fireworks haul

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1 December 2005, AMSTERDAM — The police were celebrating the success of this year's clampdown on illegal fireworks on Thursday, with over 23,000 kilos of consumer fireworks seized this week.

1 December 2005

AMSTERDAM — The police were celebrating the success of this year's clampdown on illegal fireworks on Thursday, with over 23,000 kilos of consumer fireworks seized this week.

The total amount of illegal fireworks detected by the police this year prior to the latest interceptions came to about 10,000 kilos.

Three men, aged 59, 47 and 42, were arrested on Wednesday following the discovery of 6,000 kilos of illegal fireworks in a shed in the north of Amsterdam. Police also found 10 handguns and a large amount of ammunition.

The raid was carried out based on intelligence about the 57-year-old man from southern Dutch city of Dordrecht. The police 'fireworks team' in Dordrecht shadowed the man for several weeks because he is known to possess lots of powerful fireworks in the run-up to the spectacular fireworks displays in the Netherlands on New Year's Eve.

The other two suspects, from North Holland Province, were in the shed when the police arrived.

On Monday police in Lelystad, north east of Amsterdam, found 6,000 kilos of illegal fireworks in a sea freight container in the Noordersluis industrial estate. A man from Lelystad and a man from Almere were arrested. The find was the byproduct of an annoymous call to the telephone tip line 'M' about another matter.

The Amsterdam and Lelystad hauls are jointly the second biggest single hauls of illegal fireworks captured by the police so far this year. The first place is reserved for the seizure of 6,200 kilos of consumer fireworks in Eindhoven, also on Monday.

The police and customers service announced the fireworks were detected when a truck was stopped at a mobile checkpoint.  The driver was arrested after he admitted buying the fireworks for EUR 11,000 in Belgium. The haul included 476 Chinese rolls, each of which includes 100,000 bangers.

Police in The Hague said on Tuesday that 5,000 kilos of fireworks were discovered in a lorry on the Noordweg in the southern part of the city. A man, 41, was arrested.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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