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Enough chemicals to make one billion ecstasy pills were seized in the Netherlands

Police says it's their largest seizure ever.

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The estimated street value of the ecstasy that could be made from chemicals seized by Dutch police

Enough chemicals to make one billion ecstasy pills were seized in the Netherlands

Police says it's their largest seizure ever.

Police in Rilland, a town in the Netherlands near the Belgian border, seized chemicals that could be used to make 1 billion ecstasy pills, and have reported that it's the largest seizure they have ever had. The town's police found 35 cans of chemical waste, runoff from what they believe to be an illegal ecstasy lab, one day earlier.

The seized chemicals, including 100 bottles of hydrogen gas, caustic soda, and thousands of liters of other chemicals, are worth hundreds of thousands of Euros and were found inside a truck that aroused suspicion in a parking lot when it wasn't moved for several days. Though police declined to estimate a street value for the final product, 1 billion pills are worth around $10 billion on the street. No arrests have been made.

The Netherlands is one of the world's major producers and distributors of ecstasy, according to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

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