Published On: Thu, May 15th, 2014

German customs sees increase in drug trafficking originating from Curacao

Air BerlinBERLIN, WILLEMSTAD - The German customs sees an increase in the number of drug smugglers from Curaçao. 22 people were arrested in the first three months of 2014. This is according to a report from Caribbean Network.

The 22 arrested were smuggling more than 20 kilos of drugs through the direct weekly Air Berlin flight from Hato Airport to Dusseldorf.

In 2013, there were 63 drug traffickers from Curaçao in total held at the Düsseldorf Airport. They had a total of about 84 kilos of drugs on them, according to the German customs in Essen.

Since the launch of direct flights between Curacao and Düsseldorf in November 2011, about 160 people ended up in a German prison. 46 of them are still in custody. There is an average of 3 to 6 months between arrest and trial.

The German customs saw both an increase in the number of drug mules as the number of people that carry drugs in their luggage trying to smuggle drugs to Europe. The sentence for drug smuggling Germany is between 3 and 4.5 years.

There is no 100% inspection in Germany as is the case in Schiphol, the Netherlands. However, there are large-scale inspections where passengers are observed. In case of suspected drug use or unusual behavior, there is an on-site drug testing conducted in which samples are taken from skin, clothing or luggage. Also, there are drug dogs.

The German customs has close contact with both the authorities in Curaçao, the military police and customs in Schiphol to fight drug smuggling.

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