Former port employee arrested on suspicion of cocaine smuggling

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Former port employee arrested on suspicion of cocaine smuggling

The police arrested a man from Borsele on Thursday, suspected of involvement in the import of cocaine into the port of Vlissingen. He reported himself to the station. Two men from Borsele were previously arrested for trying to buy sensitive company information from the port.

Image: the port of Vlissingen

Searched

This concerns a 55-year-old man who was arrested by the Seaport Police on Thursday afternoon after he reported to the police station. That same morning, the suspect man’s home and car had already been searched.

This was following an investigation that the Seaport Police had started after receiving information about port employees allegedly involved in the import of cocaine into the port of Vlissingen. The man, who no longer works at the port, soon came into view, the police said in a message.

Role

The police are investigating exactly what role the man played in the smuggling. He has now been interrogated. The Seaport Police is also investigating the man’s contacts.

Criminal organizations often need help from within to smuggle cocaine into the Netherlands via seaports. They try to corrupt dock workers and government employees by, for example, offering them high amounts of money or putting pressure on them.

Earlier this week, two recruiters were arrested in Nieuwdorp by the Seaport Police, who are suspected of wanting to buy information about movements in the port. Nieuwdorp is located near the port of Vlissingen, in the municipality of Borsele.

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