Free newspaper Sp!ts reports that the Amsterdam police want the government to add adulterated detergent powder and powdered peppermints to the list of substances banned under the Opium Act.
Each year, Amsterdam police arrest about 500 dealers of fake drugs, most of them in the city’s red light district and its immediate surroundings. Most of the victims are tourists, who often end up being robbed as well.
When caught for the first time, a dealer in fake drugs gets a 250-euro fine, followed by a 750-euro fine for the second time and after that the public prosecutor will seek a four to eight weeks prison sentence. A police spokesperson said a dealer in fake drugs can easily make 5,800 euros a night, “They do the arithmetic and become repeat offenders.”
In addition to adding fake drugs to the list of controlled substances, the police also propose expanding the current system of imposing area bans to include bigger areas and for longer periods.
Radio Netherlands Worldwide
10 February 2011
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Amsterdam police want detergents added to opium list