Netherland police arrested 17 people after raiding a massive cocaine lab, which they claim is the biggest ever found in the country.
The lab was housed inside an old riding school in Nijeveen, around 75 miles northeast of Amsterdam, and included sleeping quarters and recreation areas, according to a police statement published Tuesday.
Police footage showed the lab equipped with row of cement mixers and vats of chemicals.
“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands,” said André van Rijn, chief inspector of the National Facility for Dismantling Support (LFO), which is dismantling the lab.
“Given the number of people who worked there, the installation, the size, the furnishings and the equipment, we estimate the production capacity at 150 to 200 kilos of cocaine per day.”
This quantity of drugs is worth up to US$ 7.1 million, van Rijn added.
Police raided the facility, as well as warehouses in Elshout and Apeldoorn, on August 7. They found tens of thousands of liters of chemicals used to make cocaine, 100 kilograms of cocaine base and 120,000 kilograms of carrier material, which is used to smuggle the drug.
Of the 17 arrested 3 were Dutch, one was Turkish and 13 were Colombian.