Police also released video footage showing equipment, including a row of cement mixers and chemical baths.
“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands,” said Andre van Rijn, chief inspector of the National Dismantling Support Facility (LFO), which is dismantling the laboratory.
“Given the number of people who worked there, the installation, the size, the furniture and the equipment, we estimate the production capacity at 150 to 200 kilograms of cocaine per day.”
That amount of drugs is worth 4.5 million euros – 6 million (5.3 million dollars – 7.1 million dollars), added Van Reen.
On August 7, police raided the facility, as well as warehouses in Elshout and Apeldoorn. They found tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals used to make cocaine, 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of cocaine base and 120,000 kilograms (265,000 pounds) of carrier material used to smuggle the drug.
Of the 17 arrested, three are Dutch, one is Turkish and 13 are Colombians.
They are suspected of producing drugs and will appear before a magistrate on August 12th and 13th.