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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Drugs In Holland

Posted on: April 8, 2016

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Drugs In Holland: EU Report Points To Holland As Largest Drug Trading Hub

(last updated on the 5th of October 2017)

According to the EU Drug Market Report, produced by the EMCDDA, Holland is the number one producer, processor and transit point for drugs in Europe. The drugs in Holland get imported from all over the globe and we return the favour with large exports. To give our readers an idea about Europe’s largest drug supplier we’ve listed 10 things about the Dutch drug trade.

1. Europe’s Coke Supplies Arrive In Rotterdam

Around 25 to 50 percent of European coke travels trough the port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest seaport. The port handles around 11 million freight containers every year. Dutch port authorities only check around 5000 of them.

2. No Ingenious Smuggling Techniques

Drug smugglers in Holland have mostly ditched the old ways of hiding contraband in fluffed toys or fruit transports. Instead they have opted for enlisting corrupt port employees. Traffickers bribe port workers in both the exporting and importing ports to get illegal drugs in Holland.

3. Coke in Holland Is Cheap

Thanks to the massive in-and outflows coke, by comparison to other European countries, is relatively cheap in Holland. Quality coke will set you back around 50 euros per gram compared to 120 euros in some European countries or more than 200 euros in Australia.

4. MDMA Is As Dutch As Dutch Stroopwafels

Around 8 percent of Dutch people have used MDMA once in their live (830,000 persons). The European average for MDMA use is just 0,5 percent.

5. MDMA Production in Holland

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Red: amphetamine production, Blue: methamphetamine production, Pink: MDMA production

Source: Europol, EU Drug Markets Report, In-dept analyses, 2016, page. 67 especially page. 125.

According to the EMCDDA report the production of MDMA in Holland is becoming ever more professional. Some production locations use selfmade reaction vessels of up to 750 liters. Automation has reached a level where almost no manual labour is necessary.

6. MDMA Exports

Dutch MDMA is so good; we have to spread it all over the globe! According to Vice.com a quick glance at pillreports.net shows Dutch pill designs like the orange lion, Heineken and tulips can be found from India to Australia to Texas.

7. Almost All The Hash In Holland Is Imported

Old trading routes from North Africa and the Middle East still play a vital role for the hash trade in Holland. Most of the hash arrives trough Spain from Morocco. Morocco is the major supplier of Dutch hash. This has led to many Moroccan criminal gangs in Holland. Most of these gangs are referred to as the “Mocro Maffia”.

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Red: Afghan hash trade routes, Blue: Moroccan hash trade routes

Source: Europol, EU Drug Markets Report, In-dept analyses, 2016, page. 67 especially page. 125.

8. Cannabis Imports And Exports

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Dutch cannabis exports and imports. Source: Europol, EU Drug Markets Report, In-dept analyses, 2016, page. 67 especially page. 125. 

A Dutch governmental report stated that between 30 and 90 percent of Dutch grown cannabis ends up abroad. Conclusion: they haven’t got a clue.

9. The Province Of Brabant Is Considered To Be The Supermarket For Foreign Dealers

Brabant has the dubious honour, in the Netherlands and abroad, of being one of Europe’s top criminal performers. The province, located in the south of Holland, is home to professional criminal organisations operating far beyond Dutch borders. Brabant’s top economic sectors are: chemistry, agrifood, logistics and high tech. Just like these sectors, the drug industry mainly does export. And just like these sectors the drug industry innovates its growing techniques and its accompanying equipment. It operates with a circle of trusted suppliers and uses the strategic location of Brabant, and the presence of many logistics companies, for the export and transportation of drugs.

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Discovered drugs lab in Brabant. 

Numerous international connections are also used to strengthen links with criminal networks elsewhere in Europe, giving way to even better export opportunities for the Brabant XTC pills, weed and raw materials for drugs. Brabant has in a sense achieved the role as the supermarket for foreign dealers where everything is for sale. It is difficult to get an indication on how much money is spent in this clandestine industry. Yet there are indications that it has to be a huge number. The police and the justice department conclude, based on investigations and data from informants, that 60 hemp syndicates are active in the city of Tilburg alone and make around 800 million euros a year, or the entire city budget of Tilburg. The drug industry has also been a job engine for the 2500 people who work in the underground ‘weed industry’ and who, with minimal efforts, make large annual salaries.

10. The War On Drugs In Holland

Did you know that producing cannabis for commercial purposes is illegal here?

A lot of people still believe growing marijuana in Holland is legal. Well that’s sort of the case. Every person in Holland is allowed to have five cannabis plants for own use. Industrial production however is strictly forbidden. The Netherlands has soft drug laws – especially when you’d compare them with countries like the United States, Australia, Indonesia or the Philippines. Sentences range between a fine and a couple of years in prison if you get caught producing or trafficking drugs. Compare that to the death penalty in Indonesia.

Last fun fact: There are a few legal drug test labs in Holland, called GGD and Jellinek, where people can get their illegal drugs tested legally. These companies test the ingredients and quality of the drugs (XTC, cocaine, MDMA, speed, etc.) and it’s 100% legal. They share their knowledge about drugs and alcohol, its quality, effects and risks. The goal of these government sponsored companies is to educate people and to decrease the risks of it.

Wanna learn more about this? Join us during one of our Red Light District Tours! Or read this Exclusive Interview With the Founder of Amsterdam’s Drug Test Lab

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