AMSTERDAM — Police have intercepted a shipment of 204 kilos of heroin in the Netherlands as part of an international operation against a Turkish drugs gang.
The drugs were hidden inside speakers in a delivery van stopped in Rotterdam on Tuesday, the National Detective Service said. The consignment came from Turkey and passed through Germany on the way to the Netherlands.
Five people were arrested and police found a further 14 kilos of heroin in the Amsterdam home of one of the suspects. German police seized a further 90 kilos of heroin and arrested six people on Wednesday.
Justice officials and police in the two countries have been working closely in recent
months to combat a Turkish crime gang that dominates the heroin scene in the Netherlands. It also uses the Netherlands to distribute the drugs to the UK, Germany and France.
Five other people were arrested in May by the Dutch police as part of the investigation. The drugs are believed to have come from Afghanistan.