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Holland is world champion in ecstasy production

Holland is world champion in ecstasy production

The Netherlands are known for export hits like cheese and electronic devices. Now a study shows that they also hold a sad top position in the manufacture and worldwide distribution of synthetic drugs.

It is an open secret that large-scale hemp cultivation is illegal in greenhouses and apartments in the Netherlands in order to supply the many coffee shops with the substance for the joint. But now for the first time there is an official police study on the production of synthetic drugs in Holland. She reveals that the country is probably the world's largest producer of synthetic drugs such as ecstasy (MDMA) and speed (amphetamines).

Sales of synthetic drugs in the Netherlands amounted to a whopping 18.9 billion euros last year. This is the result of a study by the Police Academy in Apeldoorn, which was published last weekend. With these drugs produced in the laboratory alone, the Dutch drug mafia generates sales in the order of magnitude of corporations such as Philips or Air France-KLM. Around four fifths of the drugs manufactured in the Netherlands are exported - to other European countries, to Asia and, above all, to the USA.

The number of unreported cases is probably much higher

So Holland is not only the land of tulips and Gouda cheese, but also the world champion exporter of synthetic drugs. "The turnover of 18.9 billion euros is a cautious estimate," said the police study. "In reality it should be much higher." Due to its good infrastructure, geographical location, the top seaport in Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands is in a very good position for the export of drugs. Criminal organizations know how to use this. In addition, one has been too careless in the fight against the drug mafia in the past. There are too few investigators who can investigate the milieu. If some of the drug lords could be arrested, they would receive far too few sentences and be released quickly, the study found.

The experts explain in their analysis that the market for synthetic drugs has been completely underestimated so far and must now go on the offensive against the drug mafia. But this must happen internationally, the academy demands, because the Netherlands alone does not have the police capacity to do so.

Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus called the report "shocking". The government is determined to spend more money to correct the country's “shameful position” on this issue. «The topic will have a higher priority. In the coming years we will take tougher action against the scene, ”the minister told the Dutch state broadcaster.

Consumer responsibility

At the same time, Grapperhaus appealed to consumers to take responsibility. There is also an ecological component. "Eight kilograms of chemical waste are produced for one kilogram of pills." One should also keep this in mind when consuming an ecstasy pill at a party or festival, according to Grapperhaus.