Seven people who worked at Schiphol Airport have been arrested because they are suspects in an investigation by the Royal Military Police into international smuggling of hard drugs.
According to the Marechaussee, the arrests are the result of investigations after the discovery of shipments of ‘hard drugs’ by local authorities in countries in Asia in June 2023. This may involve cocaine that was shipped from Schiphol or was in transit.
The drugs were found in boxes in the cargo hold of aircraft from Schiphol, weighing several tens of kilos per shipment. These finds led to the start of the investigation. A total of five shipments were intercepted: four in Asia and one in October at Schiphol itself.
Division of roles
The Kmar sees a division of roles for the suspects in the smuggling process, ranging from transporting the drugs to the airport to facilitating the placing of the drugs in the cargo hold of the aircraft.
The investigation is led by the Public Prosecution Service in Haarlem. There are more suspects in the investigation.