Utrechter convicted of exploding drug lab Beesd

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Utrechter convicted of exploding drug lab Beesd

The court in Arnhem has sentenced a 55-year-old man from Utrecht to five years in prison for producing MDMA in a drug lab in Beesd. In that lab, which was located in a shed, a major fire broke out in July last year after an explosion. The man was also found guilty of causing the explosion and fire.

Through the roof

On July 28, 2022, an explosion occurred in a warehouse on a business park in Beesd. Police investigation revealed that this warehouse housed a drug lab where MDMA (the active substance in ecstasy pills) was made. Due to a production error, the boiler (with a capacity of 311 litres) shot through the roof with enormous force and came down right through the roof of a neighboring building.

The boiler ended up in a room where a father and his child had been until a few minutes before. Subsequently, a huge fire broke out in the warehouse where the drug lab was located, which completely reduced several business premises to ashes. The police found goods and substances in the warehouse that are associated with the production of synthetic drugs such as MDMA.

Responsible

The court holds the man responsible for these facts. He rented the warehouse since 2019 and installed an alarm there at the end of December 2021. He also stated that he visits the warehouse almost every day. The camera images – from the days before the fire – did not show any persons other than the man and/or his vehicle. Finally, during the explosion – which indicates that production was in progress – the Utrechter was present in the warehouse.

Although there was a second person in the shed in addition to the man, it cannot be proven that he worked closely and consciously with the 55-year-old man from Utrecht and made a major contribution to this.

The punishment is equal to the demand of the public prosecutor.

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