Substantial quantities of narcotics (including 30 kg of amphetamine, 6,000 pieces of ecstasy, 1,100 g of crystal / methamphetamine, 330 g of cocaine, 80 g of heroin, approx. 70 g of 4-MMC, 10 kg of presumably culture media with psilocystine spores) worth over half a million euros seized. More than 150 preliminary proceedings were initiated against recipients of mail containing narcotics throughout Germany.
Following a tip-off, investigators from the Customs Investigation Office in Essen, Kleve office, were initially able to seize fifteen parcel shipments on May 10, 2021, containing a whole assortment of different types of narcotics, the majority of which were amphetamine and amphetamine derivatives (MDMA).
Under the direction of the Kleve public prosecutor’s office, the investigators initiated extensive criminal proceedings against the sender and consignor of the parcels, who was still unknown at the time.
In the following weeks, more than 150 additional mail items were seized, all of which contained narcotics and the majority of which were destined for recipients in Germany. Preliminary proceedings were also initiated against these recipients for violations of the Narcotics Act, which subsequently led to further apartment searches, narcotics seizures and arrests throughout Germany and in other European countries.
On June 8, 2021, after extensive surveillance measures, the narcotics courier, meanwhile identified as a 73-year-old Dutchman, was arrested by investigating officers of the Essen Customs Investigation Office, Kleve office, at a mail acceptance station in Kleve during the delivery of further mail items. The Kleve District Court remanded the suspect in custody.
Preliminary proceedings were also initiated against the recipients of the drug shipments for violations of the Narcotics Act, which subsequently led to further apartment searches, narcotics seizures and arrests throughout Germany and in other European countries.
The total street value of the seized narcotics amounts to approximately 532,000 euros.
The investigations of the customs investigation office Essen, office Kleve, on behalf of the public prosecutor’s office Kleve against the recipients of the mailings and further crime participants continue.
“The fact that by the narcotics groups is tried again and again to recruit as inconspicuous as possible couriers, confirmed itself also here”, so Heike Sennewald, press spokeswoman of the customs investigation office Essen.
The Essen Customs Investigation Office has been noticing a considerable increase in the shipment of narcotics by mail in its area of responsibility for several years. The recipients order narcotics on the so-called Darknet and presumably assume that they will remain anonymous to the greatest possible extent and that they will not provide the law enforcement authorities with any leads for a possible prosecution. In fact, the investigations conducted at the Essen Customs Investigation Office show very impressively that this assessment is not correct. In the area of the Essen Customs Investigation Office, several thousand corresponding investigations were conducted last year alone, some of which resulted in prison sentences of several years for recipients of corresponding narcotics shipments.