More drug labs and storage locations for drugs have been found in 2020 than in the previous year, police reported Thursday.

The number of labs rolled up increased from 18 to 108 compared to 2019 and the number of storage spaces by 20 to 105.

According to the police, the increase in the number of meth labs found is particularly striking.

There were nine in 2019 and 32 the year after. In addition to crystal meth, other synthetic drugs such as ecstasy are also made in the labs, the police said.

Max Daniel, the national police portfolio holder for drugs, finds it difficult to estimate whether more drugs are being produced in the Netherlands.

"After all, we do not know what we are missing. We have, however, intensified the fight against undermining crime and thus the approach to synthetic drugs. That may have played a role."

Daniel says the police are increasingly committed to preventing the drug labs from being built.

The police cite as an example that last year they visited the builders of the special boilers needed to make crystal meth.

Found less drug waste

The increase in the number of labs rolled up was greatest in the provinces of Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, Utrecht, North Holland, Zeeland and North Brabant.

More storage locations for drugs were found in Gelderland, Utrecht, Flevoland, North Holland and South Holland.

In 2020, drug waste was found in fewer places.

The number of finds fell by thirteen to 178. The police think this is because the waste more often remains in the labs and that more use is made of the municipal recycling center to dispose of the waste.