Published On: Tue, Dec 30th, 2014

Drug smugglers deviate to Dusseldorf

airberlinWILLEMSTAD - Cocaine destined for the Netherlands is increasingly being intercepted at the Düsseldorf Airport in Germany. Until the end of November this year the airport police intercepted 130 kilos of drugs, twice as many as in 2013. The airport has become a real alternative route for drug smugglers. Reason for the explosive growth are Curaçao and the Dutch airport, Schiphol, explains a spokeswoman for the customs service in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Most smugglers come from Curaçao and they don’t need to have a visa for Europe. At the airport of Amsterdam are all passengers from Curacao are subjected to a 100 percent control and this is not the case at the Dusseldorf airport, says spokeswoman Silke Zabel. A 100 percent control will not be the case in Düsseldorf. “That would only lead to a further shift of the problem, probably to Frankfurt. We check on the basis of suspicion, and if we have enough information.”

The location Düsseldorf contributes, according to Zabel, only to add to the appeal of that airport. Smugglers want to get rid of their cargo as quickly as possible.

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