Dutch police raid trailer park in Eindhoven

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

The southeastern city of Eindhoven has recently 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 Eindhoven resident, two weeks earlier.

The unusually large number of violent incidents in this region has been seen to be related to both cannabis cultivation and organised crime. Eindhoven man, Rob van Gijzel, told the city council that he suspected that the incidents were sparked by recent debates on changes to 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 and is known as "the back-door" policy.

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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