The Hague, 12 August 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Dutch police on Tuesday said they had found the largest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands.
The laboratory – located in refurbished horse stables in the town of Nijeveen near the German border – was processing around 200 kilograms of cocaine per day, according to a police statement.
“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands,” a police spokesperson said. “It was a gigantic production.”
Police estimated the daily production to be worth around 4.5 million euros (5.3 million dollars).
Seventeen people were arrested, 13 of whom were Colombians.
About 100 kilograms of drugs as well as thousands of litres of chemicals were reportedly confiscated.
The laboratory in question was a “drug laundry,” in which the cocaine was “washed out” of clothes, according to police.
To smuggle the drugs, they are dissolved in a solution which is then embedded in cloth before being exported.
The cocaine is washed out of the cloth with special chemicals upon arrival in the lab, where the substance is then prepared for sale.
During two other raids of warehouses in the cities of Apeldoorn and Elshout, police found 120,000 kilograms of clothes that had been used for transporting cocaine.
Police said further arrests were possible.