Dutch drugs: ‘Breaking Bad’ in Tilburg


The Tilburg region in the southern Netherlands has earned a reputation as the ecstasy capital of the world. Can the authorities find a way to curb the area’s enormous production of MDMA? Rosanne Kropman reports.
Gilze and Rijen are actually two towns separated by train tracks, a highway, and an airport, but in the Netherlands they’re often mentioned in a single breath: Gilze-Rijen, a seemingly ordinary municipality that’s home to some 26,000 people in the southern Dutch province of Brabant.

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