Council to shut down drug dens

The Eindhoven Municipality is to close homes and other buildings associated with drug production and trade.

These premises will now be closed, even if there are no actual drugs available yet. The mere presence of substances used for drug production or trade will be enough to warrant such a closure.

Eindhoven’s Mayor, John Jorritsma says, “A stop must be put to our city’s buildings being used for the production and distribution of drugs.” The Council has had the power to close drug houses since 1999. This legal closure power was extended at the beginning of this year.

The Dutch Minister of Justice and Security, Ferdinand Grapperhaus and Kasja Ollongren, the Minister of Interior visited Eindhoven in late 2017. They were told of the drug crimes in the province of Brabant.

Grapperhaus says, “I have the image of a house in Eindhoven where dangerous drug manufacturing and trafficking activities take place. I would feel extremely uncomfortable if my neighbours were doing this. I would love that the mayor would decide to close that property.”

Source: Eindhoven Gemeente

Photo: Studio040

Translator: Melinda

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