Two Turkish brothers are due to go on trial next year, after they were accused of running a café that secretly operated as a command-and-control centre for top-level drug gangs across Europe, including the UK.
At least two British gangs are known to have used the Café de Ketel in Rotterdam to arrange the safe passage of shipments of drugs from South America, hidden in cargo containers and retrieved by corrupt dock workers.
The café was a meeting point for criminal gangs to arrange deals. It may have appeared innocent enough from the outside, with tables and chairs for customers to enjoy a cup of coffee al fresco. The café was open 18 hours a day and used a buzzer system that let in only known criminals.
Officers believe drug traffickers from Spain, the Netherlands, South America and Britain all used the café, which is in a busy residential area of the city.
The brothers are alleged to have taken commission for introducing other major players in the drugs world.
The Independent reported in 2013 that two British drug dealers accused of using the café – Robert Gerrard and Michael Moogan – went on the run after it was raided. They have not been caught despite being on a most-wanted list.
By Paul Peachy - The Independent/Dec. 30, 2015