CROC WATCH

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

Mind the croc­o­diles One thing about the drug trade is the an­tics its par­tic­i­pants get up to, such as the odd bit of al­leged kid­nap­ping. Over­seas they are in­no­vat­ing all the time, and Co­conut no­ticed a most un­usual in­stance last week with this handy news item. Ap­par­ently, say the re­ports, sus­pected drugdeal­ers in Am­s­ter­dam gave the task of guard­ing their loot to un­usu­ally fe­ro­cious guards: a pair of fully-grown croc­o­diles. Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the gang made the un­ex­pected dis­cov­ery, ar­rest­ing 11 sus­pects, men and women aged be­tween 25 and 55. They also seized €300,000 – the bulk of it locked in a cage with the rep­tiles. “It’s very un­usual for drug deal­ers to use croc­o­diles to guard their money,” said a po­lice spokesman. Po­lice also seized large quan­ti­ties of syn­thetic drugs, firearms and half a mil­lion eu­ros’ worth of crys­tal meth in the haul. The croc­o­diles, for which the owner had a li­cence, were still in their cage and a friend of the owner was tak­ing care of them, po­lice said.

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