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Australian, Dutch police break up massive ecstasy smuggling operation

SYDNEY: International police have broken up a huge drug smuggling operation preventing millions of ecstasy pills flooding into Australia, officials said on Friday. The joint Dutch-Australian operation seized $200 million worth of MDMA — the key ingredient in ecstasy — in the Netherlands and Belgium and led to charges against 11 people, including one Australian woman, officials said. Following a months-long investigation, some 700 kilograms of crystalline MDMA were intercepted in August in the Dutch port of Rotterdam, the Australian Federal Police said. Dutch police then raided 15 locations in the Netherlands and Belgium on November 5, uncovering two hidden laboratories, additional stashes of MDMA and 50 tonnes of precursor chemicals, police said. Andy Kraag, assistant commissioner of the Dutch National Criminal Investigations said that they believe the criminal network was involved and able to produce thousands of MDMA, a large part of which was destined for Australia.

AFP


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Today’s Front Page December 10, 2019

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