Amsterdam is home to at least twenty criminal gangs, but the most dominant and the most dangerous are gangsters from Britain. British criminals are considered the number one drug traffickers in Holland, they had been successful at corrupting legitimate business people and as a result were able to money launder extensively. Once laundered this money was then invested in Cannabis farming, by 2009, billions of Euros worth of Cannabis was being grown in Amsterdam, prompting the chief of police to state that ‘Cannabis is a threat to our democracy’.
As a consequence of the significant presence of British criminals in Amsterdam and their drug trafficking operations out of Holland, the Dutch police set up a Joint Investigative Committee (J.I.C). The officers who form part of the J.I.C have been threatened by criminals in the past, therefore they are known by number and not by name. British criminals in Amsterdam are not afraid to go after those who wish to apprehend, arrest and convict them.
As a result of their investigations, the J.I.C had cause to have alot of contact with the London Metropolitan Police, who were conducting their own investigations into seasoned drugs traffickers and drug gangs operating on Britain’s streets.
‘British gangsters in Amsterdam are extremely well organised and far more violent than the Turkish factions have ever been, that is because they are busy expanding their drug trafficking market’ stated a Dutch tactical investigator.
The closeness of the UK to Holland prompted one English contract killer to state that he preferred doing his deals from Holland as opposed to anywhere else in Europe. ‘Holland is an easy place to live ; there are lots of sports going on , so on your day off you can go rally driving or scuba diving or take a martial arts class, I got into all three whilst I was over there’. He embarked upon a career as a contract killer in England at the age of fourteen, when he executed a Turkish drug boss, and he went on to commit several more contract killings, three of them taking place in Amsterdam.
The degree of co-operation between the British Serious Organised Crime Squad & British police forces & the Dutch J.I.C has had a significant and a positive impact on policing operations in Britain and Amsterdam. But it is worth noting that if not for the European Protocols none of this effective cooperation would be in place.