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Schiphol baggage handlers arrested in cocaine bust

Published on Nov 12, 2012 7:40 PM

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Dutch gendarmes have busted a cocaine-smuggling ring at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport which used baggage handlers to smuggle drugs in from the Caribbean, a police spokesman said on Monday.

"A total of 20 people have been arrested following an investigation that started in April," said Mr Robert van Kapel, spokesman for the Dutch royal gendarmes, tasked with border policing.

"Some of the suspects worked in the baggage handling section at Schiphol Airport, but for tactical reasons we can't at this stage reveal how many," he said.

Drug smugglers would notify baggage handlers about specific drug-filled suitcases that were arriving at Schiphol which would then be smuggled out by the airport workers, Dutch media reported.

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