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Amsterdam white heroin suspect held

Published 07/04/2015

An electronic sign in Amsterdam warns tourists of 'white heroin' (AP)
An electronic sign in Amsterdam warns tourists of 'white heroin' (AP)

A man who turned himself in over the weekend could be a dealer who sold lethal white heroin to tourists, telling them that it was cocaine, police in Amsterdam said.

Three British tourists died last year and 20 more foreigners, including three Danes this year, became unwell after inhaling heroin, thinking it was cocaine, detectives in the Dutch capital said.

The 42-year-old suspect's identity was not released, in line with Dutch privacy laws. He is set to appear before an investigating judge. It was not immediately clear what charges he could face.

Police said they are still investigating the suspect's involvement in the heroin sales.

Officials launched major public awareness campaigns targeting tourists in November and again in February to warn them about the risks of the drugs.

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