The UK, Dutch authorities cooperate to stop ecstasy smuggling

Authorities seek public cooperation

10th December 2009: The UK and Dutch authorities are in close co-operation with each other to prevent large quantities of ecstasy from reaching the streets and harming the communities. The authorities concerned have also asked the people to adopt a proactive approach for dealing with the menace.

A testimony to the efficacy of close coordination between the UK and Dutch authorities is provided by 12 year jail sentence awarded to a Polish national living illegally in Holland at the time of the offence.

Patryk Olinski, 30, had attempted to smuggle 28 kilos of ecstasy tablets worth £560,000 into the UK, but jumped bail before his trial.

Arrested by Customs Officers at Dover’s Eastern Docks on 28 July 2005 after the drugs were found hidden inside two air compressors in the van he was driving, Olinski has been jailed for 12 years.

In February 2006, a week before his original trial date, Olinski absconded and a European arrest warrant was issued for his capture.  He was arrested by Dutch police earlier this year. Olinski was remanded in custody following his removal to the UK on 16 July 2009. 

He was sentenced for being knowingly concerned in the importation of MDMA (ecstasy), following an investigation by officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Olinski was found guilty and sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on 26 November 2009. 

Malcolm Bragg, Assistant Director Criminal Investigation for HMRC said: “Close co-operation between the UK and Dutch authorities means that this criminal is now in jail.  Officers and investigators prevented a large quantity of ecstasy from reaching our streets and harming our communities. We would urge anyone with information about drug smuggling to call the Customs’ Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”

This case was successfully prosecuted by the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO).  

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