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PARAMARIBO–No less than eight Dutchmen were held on one single flight at the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport on Sunday, after they were found carrying drugs on a flight boarding for The Netherlands. Police report that some 40 kilograms of cocaine was confiscated.
Among the suspects were a family of six –father, mother and four children- with a brother in law, with coke impregnated into their clothes and hammocks. Also held was a 34 year old woman who had hidden the drugs in the hidden compartment of her suitcase. The drugs were sniffed out by customs dogs.
With its liberal stance on the use of softdrugs, the Netherlands is a popular destination for drug traffickers. Much of the drugs transits through Suriname. Suriname and the Netherlands since 2004 tightened the controls at their airports; at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam travelers from Suriname (and the Dutch Caribbean) are subjected to a 100% control, which has since it was introduced prompted numerous complaints and several court cases. Sunday’s arrests of the latest eight suspects bring the number of Dutch citizens in Suriname prisons on drugs charges, to 44.