Amsterdam drugs baron ordered to pay 800,000 euros

12th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

A court in Breda has ruled drugs baron Eddy S. must pay almost 800,000 euros of his criminal profits to the state. The drugs baron was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2003. The Public Prosecutor had demanded the payment of more than 5 million euros.

The 61-year-old convict used to head the so-called York gang in Amsterdam at the end of the 1990s. He is believed to have made a fortune exporting synthetic drugs to the United States, Great Britain and Israel and importing cocaine from South-America.

The reason the court has not demanded the full amount is because the judge ruled there was not enough evidence to support suspicions that the man was involved in an Israel gang busted in 1996. The court ruled that Eddy S. only could have earned 4,000,000 euros buying and selling drugs in Amsterdam. In addition the length of time since sentencing also played a role in the decision.

Eddy S. announced immediately after the hearing that he would appeal the decision.

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