Narco State: Drug gangs becoming powerful in the Netherlands in 2022

Updated: 07-2022


The Netherlands is known for its tolerant policy on soft drugs. The availability of marijuana in cafes is held up as a progressive approach. But last month, the Dutch police issued a damning report that warned the country was in danger of becoming a narco-state, with criminal gangs taking over drug production and exerting increasing power over local communities. Simon McGrgeor-Wood went to see for himself.