Lower sentences in major Limburg heroin case

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Two men who brought more than 1,224 kilos of heroin into the country in cans of tomato paste are sentenced to 7.5 and 6 years in prison by the court in Roermond. The sentences in the case are much lower than the public prosecutor had demanded: 11.5 and 8.5 years in prison. For a number of transports, the court found the evidence insufficient.

Six transports

The consignment was caught by Customs in January 2014 in two trucks in Venlo. It was remarkable that one of the two drivers had tipped off Customs because he did not trust the shipment of tomato paste from Iran. There had already been a check in Turkey, but the heroin had not been found.

Both trucks contained approximately 612 kilos of heroin. That was a European record at the time (1.5 tonnes were found in Rotterdam in February 2021). In total, the suspects were charged with six transports of tomato paste and heroin, between August 7, 2013 and January 23, 2014. Incidentally, only the last two were actually intercepted.


The drivers were not a suspect in the case. In addition to the two main suspects, there were three other suspects, who were sentenced to much lesser sentences.

The court only convicted the main suspects for the two transports that were caught in Venlo in January. They were also convicted of instigating an arson attack at a Turkish restaurant in an entertainment area in Eindhoven in 2014.

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