Netherlands ‘market leader’ in production and trade synthetic drugs

The Netherlands should also talk to China which is the source of most of the chemicals used in the production of synthetic drugs
Dutch News (Netherlands)
Monday, August 27, 2018

The Netherlands is world leader in the production and trading of synthetic drugs such as ecstasy and amphetamines, with total turnover up to 2017 estimated at €18.9bn, according to a report by the Dutch police academy. The estimate is conservative and the real amount is likely to be ‘many times higher’, with the national turnover of synthetic drugs thought to be between €3bn to €5bn. Good infrastructure and a central geographical position make the Netherlands a good place to base both legal and illegal business. (See also: Dutch ecstasy, amphetamine production among world's largest | Much less ecstasy used (and produced?) in the Netherlands than recent report suggests | Dutch drugs gangs are moving into crystal meth, police say)