US embassy cable - 05THEHAGUE2455

4,500 KILOS OF COCAINE SEIZED IN NETHERLANDS

Identifier: 05THEHAGUE2455
Wikileaks: View 05THEHAGUE2455 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy The Hague
Created: 2005-09-09 13:23:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: SNAR CO NL VZ
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UNCLAS THE HAGUE 002455 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/UBI, INL 
DOJ FOR JUDI FRIEDMAN 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: SNAR, CO, NL, VZ 
SUBJECT: 4,500 KILOS OF COCAINE SEIZED IN NETHERLANDS 
 
1.  Dutch police have seized 4,500 kilos of cocaine - the 
largest cocaine seizure on record in the Netherlands - at the 
port of Rotterdam.  Police kept the August 3 seizure under 
wraps until the September 4 arrests of 13 suspects from the 
Netherlands and Colombia. 
 
2.  The cocaine, hidden inside two large steel cable spools, 
is worth an estimated 273 million dollars. Loading papers 
indicated the shipment originated in Venezuela and was 
destined for Iraq via Rotterdam and Antwerp, according to a 
Justice Ministry official.  Police said the cocaine was in 
fact destined for European distribution through Belgium. 
 
2.  The seizure was the result of an investigation into a 
Spanish cell of the Wilmer Varela North Valley Colombian 
Cartel that involved DEA offices in Spain, Belgium, and the 
Netherlands and law enforcement agencies in the same 
countries.  The investigation began a year ago in September 
2004. 
 
2.  COMMENT: The seizure demonstrates the ability of DEA and 
the Dutch law enforcement to disrupt a major international 
cocaine organization through solid cooperation, and provides 
a concrete example of what the Dutch are doing right.  Post 
recommends we highlight this unprecedented seizure when 
discussing Dutch counter-narcotics cooperation. 
BLAKEMAN 

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