Remarkable drugs seizures at Schiphol Airport

The Customs and the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary made some remarkable drugs seizures last week. During various checks, among others bags of ice lollies, sweets and herb jars containing drugs were seized.

On three different flights from Suriname a 19-year old woman from Rotterdam, a 21-year old woman from Rotterdam and a 23-year old woman from Amsterdam were arrested, all carrying bags of ice lollies. The Customs suspected that the ice lollies contained drugs. Investigation showed that the ice lollies contained cocaine. Including packaging, the seized ice lollies weighed 2 to 3 kilos respectively. The 23-year old woman from Amsterdam travelled together with her 1-year old niece. The girl was handed over to the Child Care and Protection Board. All three suspects are in detention awaiting further investigation by the drugs squad of the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary, headed by the Haarlem Public Prosecution Service.

After a risk analysis by the Customs, as part of the Passenger-Related Border Control Cooperation, a drugs smuggler was apprehended by the Schiphol team. The suspect came from Istanbul with about 2 kilos of heroine in his suitcase. The Schiphol team of the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary and Customs will subject the 33-year old suspect from Nieuwegein to further investigation.

In recent times the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary and Customs have encountered an increasing number of smugglers who are very inventive in hiding drugs. Drugs are regulary found in food, drink, clothing, shoes, audio equipment and false bottoms of suitcases.

Last year, the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary and Customs apprehended 1170 drugs runners and body packers at Schiphol Airport.