How Traveling Cartel ‘Cooks’ Helped the Dutch Become a Global Meth Hub


    Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyUp until 2014, no meth lab had ever been found in the Netherlands. Today, they are sprawling across the Dutch countryside. This year alone, 19 labs were found and dismantled as the Dutch police brace themselves for a veritable crystal meth tidal wave.“Mexico is traditionally specialized in the production of meth and we, as the Netherlands, have the dubious honor of being one of the main producers of MDMA and amphetamine. Those two worlds are now finding one another,” Andy Kraag, head of the Dutch Criminal Investigations Division, told The Daily Beast. The profit margins for crystal meth are crazy: Kraag calls it a “perverted incentive;” the kind of temptation that is too hard to resist for any ambitious drugs trader. And there are plenty of traders like that to be found in the Netherlands.It was a recent development of a chemical nature that set the Mexican cartels and Dutch criminal networks on a common path to meth; Dutch ecstasy labs realized methamphetamine could be derived from a substance related to the production of MDMA, also known as “molly.” It’s an easy transition to make for MDMA labs; all the resources, facilities and ingredients are already available to them. Even the infrastructure and the smuggling routes from the Netherlands to the rest of the world are in place.Read more at The Daily Beast.


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