Criminal cash confiscated by police. Photo: Politie.nl
Drug-related crimes cost € 3.2 billion to € 4.1 billion annually to Dutch society, according to a new report produced on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.
The report focuses not only on the costs to the legal system, but also on the medical, social and economic costs of drug crime.
In total, fighting against illegal drugs costs police about € 1.1 billion to € 1.6 billion annually, while proceedings and prisons add about $ 1 billion more to total claims. Studies suggest that 20% of all prisoners are involved in drug trafficking.
Addiction costs an additional € 250 million annually to society, with € 520 million spent on unemployment and other benefits for those unable to work due to substance use.
The economics are also significant, according to the report, with banks spending € 550 million on eradicating money laundering.
The Netherlands is an ideal place for international drug trafficking
The government has promised to spend another € 500 million to tackle the effects of organized crime, especially the invasion of drug gangs into legitimate businesses and institutions.
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Drug crimes cost Dutch society up to € 4.1 billion annually, the report claims.
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