Jan 19, 2023 at 12:39 PM
The two Dutch drug criminals who were arrested in Dubai in November 2022 are no longer in custody. The Public Prosecution Service confirms this after reporting from the AD. The OM does not know where the suspects are now. It concerns Edin G. and Zouhair B., leaders of the international drug trade.
The European police organization Europol announced in November that 49 people had been arrested, including G. and B. in Dubai. The large-scale action was intended to make it clear that there is no safe haven for drug smugglers, Europol said at the time.
But it now appears that both leaders have disappeared from the radar. “These are two different cases with a different course,” the spokesperson for the OM clarifies.
G. (40) has Dutch and Bosnian nationality. He is suspected, among other things, of having imported large shipments of cocaine, as well as thousands of kilos of raw materials for amphetamine. The US drug enforcement agency DEA called him a major drug trafficker years ago.
The Public Prosecution Service requested the United Arab Emirates’ extradition “on time and in the right way” last year, the spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service emphasizes. Nevertheless, he was released at the end of last year before being extradited to the Netherlands. “We are working to find out what went wrong.”
G. has now been spotted internationally again. “We would like to see him arrested so that he can be tried in the Netherlands.”
OM does not know where G. and B. are
37-year-old B. is also wanted for drug trafficking. He would have imported thousands of kilos of cocaine to the Netherlands. His extradition procedure is still ongoing, although he is no longer in custody. “It is not clear to us whether he has been released or whether he may have been released on bail,” says the OM spokesman. “That’s what we’re trying to find out.”
“We do not know where the two suspects are now. We have no information about their whereabouts and their possibilities to cross the border.” The spokesman does not want to say anything about the current search for both men.
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