Drug criminals seem to be gaining ground in recent years and are exerting increasing pressure on the Dutch constitutional state. This persistent problem has also become clear in Rotterdam, five years ago the police intercepted about 5,000 kilos of cocaine in the port of Rotterdam, last year this was already more than 74,000 kilos.
Police, customs, FIOD, Netherlands Public Prosecution Service and the Municipality of Rotterdam are trying to turn the tide together. Collaborations with companies in the port are also being explored. Are they still able to turn the tide? Or is it a lost cause?
Lieselot Bisschop, Professor of Public & Private Interests, and Jan Janse, chief of the Seaport Police, explore the issue of drug smuggling in the port of Rotterdam in this episode of the Erasmus Verbindt podcast ‘Citywalks’. Listen to the full episode here (only available in Dutch).