Dutch police raid Eindhoven trailer park

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Hundreds of police officers raided an Eindhoven trailer park early on Tuesday morning in connection with the killing of local resident Lesley Tunk on 22 November. A number of suspects have been arrested. The killing is seen as one in a series of violent incidents in the province of North Brabant related to drug crime. Lesley Tunk was found shot dead in his burnt out car.

The southeastern city of Eindhoven has been rocked by a series of violent incidents, including an attack on a house involving an automatic weapon on 1 December and the killing of a 28-year-old resident of Eindhoven two weeks earlier.

The unusually large number of violent incidents in the region is seen as related to cannabis cultivation and organised crime. Eindhoven Rob van Gijzel has told the city council he suspected that the incidents formed part of a development which was set in motion by national policies regarding cannabis-selling 'coffee shops'. At present, the sale of cannabis products in coffee shops is legal, but their supply is not. This means the shops have no choice but to buy their supplies from illegal sources, thus encouraging organised crime.

Earlier, the mayor said that "a substantial part" of Eindhoven's coffee shop owners had links to organised crime. He has presented plans for better supervision of the shops' supply lines. At present, there is no government support for more far-reaching ideas such as controlled cannabis cultivation.


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