Surinamese musicians detained on drugs charges

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Five out of 22 members of a Surinamese band remained detained on suspicion of smuggling hard drugs into Amsterdam.

THE HAGUE – Dutch police were still holding Monday five out of the 22 members of a Surinamese band arrested at Amsterdam airport on suspicion of smuggling hard drugs, authorities said.

The five still detained had either been found carrying drugs or were suspected of having swallowed them in order to smuggle them through customs, airport gendarmerie spokesman Robert van Kapel said.

While the other 17 members of the band had been freed they were still suspected of trafficking or conspiracy to traffic in hard drugs, probably cocaine, he added.

Kapel said that earlier reports saying the musicians were part of a brass band were incorrect, adding that they were members of a pop group who had arrived to tour the Netherlands.

Dutch officers have been conducting intensive checks on flights coming from the Dutch Antilles and from Suriname, with all passengers at the very least having their luggage searched.

The former Dutch colonies are considered as gateway countries for the importation into Europe of large quantities of drugs produced in Latin America.

AFP / Expatica

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