Dutch police crack down on cannabis growers

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Over the past two months, Dutch police have arrested 13 people suspected of growing cannabis and belonging to a criminal organisation.

Of the 13 people arrested, five remain in detention. Four of them are Dutch nationals. The other is a Turkish citizen. Their ages range between 25 and 60 years. The police say they don't rule out further arrests.

The arrests are part of a large-scale investigation into drugs trafficking. The arrests took place in the northern provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. Some arrests were also made in the Belgian capital Brussels.

During the operation, police seized a number of cars, houses, boats, a jet-ski and a firearm. Police also destroyed thousands of cannabis plants.

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