Government looking to close down drugs premises quicker
Mayors are given more powers to close down residences and other buildings in the fight against drugs crime. At present, this is only possible when drugs are found in, sold from or delivered to a building. Soon it will be possible to intervene when objects or substances are found that are clearly intended for the production or preparation of drugs, such as certain equipment (drugs lab, cocaine cleaning kits), chemicals (APAAN, hydrochloric acid) and cutting agents.
Illegal power supplies, plant pots, extraction and ventilation systems are often found at premises, for instance. It is quite obvious that in such circumstances, these objects are intended for the production of cannabis, but without the physical presence of drugs or proof that drugs are being sold, the mayor is unable to close down the premises.
The government thinks this is undesirable and wants to give mayors the opportunity to tackle drugs problems effectively. By closing down such premises, you remove a location for criminal activities. It throws up a barrier and it disrupts the criminal business process.
The cabinet has agreed with sending the legislative bill to the Council of State for advice. The text of both the legislative bill and the Council of State’s advice will be announced when they are submitted to the House of Representatives.