Public Prosecutor: nightly activity in greenhouse complex is more than just spraying bell peppers

Netherlands: Camera footage leads to prosecution in horticulture heroin case

In a normal company, the employees go home after a day of working with cucumbers and bell peppers, but not so in a greenhouse complex in Bergschenhoek in the Netherlands. Camera footage showed that there is a lot of activity, particularly at night. Not for regular cultivation problems, but for the production of heroin, according to the Dutch Public Prosecutor, which started a six-day trial against eleven men and a woman who are suspected of producing and trading in heroin.

The investigation started in 2017 after tips about conspicuous amounts of acetic acid which was supplied to the nursery. Acetic acid which has been used to produce heroin, according to the Public Prosecutor. The police now assumes that at least 500 kilos of heroin have been produced there, after placing a camera to confirm the suspicion of drugs storage.

In spite of the remarkable images of nightly activity, the suspects still claim to know nothing, as Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reports. One of the suspects kept maintaining he only sprayed crop protection agents on bell peppers at night.


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