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Police in the Netherlands find material for 1 billion ecstasy pills

Staff Writer |
Dutch police seized a truckload of chemicals they said would have been enough to manufacture 1 billion ecstasy pills.

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Police in the Zeeland province of the Netherlands said they were alerted to the truck's existence after a civilian noticed the trailer had not moved for several days and became suspicious.

Investigators arrived and found 100 bottles of hydrogen gas, 33,000 lbs. of caustic soda, and other raw materials.

The truck was parked in Rilland, near the Belgian border and the city of Antwerp.

Investigators did not estimate what the street value of the potential drug would have been if it had been mixed, but they did say the cost of the raw materials alone would have been in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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