The Dutch government has
quietly quit prosecuting people it catches smuggling cocaine into Amsterdam's
Schipol Airport, the Times of London reported Wednesday. Last year,
Dutch customs officers arrested 2,176 smugglers flying in on "cocaine flights"
from the Caribbean, an average of more than five every day. Now it
says that prosecuting them is a waste of resources.
"Locking up thousands of
smugglers doesn't solve the problem. There will always be more of
them," Dutch justice ministry spokesman Ivo Hommes told the venerable newspaper.
"We've been honest enough to admit that we only manage to stop 15% of the
drugs coming in, so we are trying something new."
While Hommes characterized
the move as innovative policy, a justice ministry memorandum obtained by
the Times suggested the Dutch made the move because prosecutors were overburdened
by the ceaseless flow of Caribbean mules. Arresting them should not
be permitted to "block the justice system," the memo said.
The policy may soon be extended
to other hard drugs, Hommes said.
There those Dutch go again.
First the coffee shops, now this. So damnably pragmatic.
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