The Embassy and Consulates | Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canada

Drug smuggling

If you are caught with drugs abroad, you will be subject to the justice system of the country where you are caught. In most countries, possession of drugs is punished more harshly than in the Netherlands. The conditions in many foreign prisons are very poor.

Unwilling or unwitting drug smuggler

People are sometimes used to smuggle drugs without their knowledge. Drug smuggling carries huge risks. If you cannot prove you are innocent, you may have to spend years in a foreign prison.

Do not become an unwitting drug smuggler:

  • Don't leave your luggage unattended.
  • Get your luggage sealed at the airport.
  • Never take a parcel for another person without checking what’s inside.

Report drug smuggling anonymously

If you suspect someone intends to smuggle drugs, or if you are being pressured into smuggling drugs, call Crimestoppers Netherlands (Meld Misdaad Anoniem) on +31 (0)800 7000. Please note, not all mobile phone providers support this number when you call from abroad.