Dutch authorities found prison cells, handcuffs, and drugs inside of six shipping containers along the border with Belgium.
The National Prosecutor’s Office of the Netherlands and the police’s National Investigation Service said on Tuesday that authorities believe the containers were being used as a “torture chamber” and that the rooms were padded to make sound impossible to escape.
“In each of the cells, handcuffs were attached to the ceiling and floor, in order to be able to chain someone standing up with their arms raised,” a statement from the police said. “The rooms were finished with noise isolating panels and heat-insulating foil.”
Authorities, who began their investigation into the shipping containers via the encrypted messaging service EncroChat, said one room contained a dental chair with straps on the arms and legs.
“The police found, among other things, pruning shears, loppers, a branch saw, scalpels, pliers, extra handcuffs, fingercuffs, tape, balaclavas, and black cotton bags that can be pulled over the head,” the statement added. “During a search at a home in Rotterdam, 24 kilos of MDMA was also found.”
Six men were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and hostage-taking following the discovery.
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