On Monday morning, police departments across the northern Netherlands started a coordinated campaign to shut down marijuana grow houses and synthetic drug labs.
Translation by Traci White
The police in Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland will be carrying out investigations at properties across the north with suspected (soft) drug-related activity.
The week got straight down to business on Monday morning: by noon, the cops had already shut down nine marijuana grow houses (five in Groningen, two in Friesland and two in Drenthe). The police took six people into custody.
At eight of the busted locations, the facilities were making use of illegally tapped electricity, which also posed a serious fire risk.
The police forces are planning to inspect dozens of other addresses across the region over the course of the week. Naomi Hoekstra of the Northern Netherlands police force, says that most of the suspicious properties have been brought to the police’s attention thanks to tips from the public and encouraged other citizens to continue getting in touch.
UPDATE: 5:27 p.m., Monday, 17 September
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that eleven people have been arrested in connection with the drug facilities as of Monday.