Crackdown continues; Dutch national arrested in Hyderabad

Preliminary inquiry into Kamminga’s case revealed that he was getting drugs in his personal capacity and allegedly sharing the same with known persons.

By   |  Published: 26th Jul 2017  10:51 pm
Dutch National, Mike Kamminga being taken away by Excise officials.

Hyderabad: In yet another major arrest as part of its crackdown on the city’s drug network, the Excise State Task Force on Wednesday arrested a Dutch national, said to be an entrepreneur and digital solutions architect, on Wednesday on charges of possessing narcotics. Mike Kamminga, officials said, has been working in various capacities, including as the chief technology officer and chief operating officer of different IT firms in Hyderabad since the late 2000s.

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Mike Kamminga

Kamminga’s arrest has kept the IT and ITeS sector on the edge with the Excise department already cautioning representatives of several companies to initiate necessary steps to curb the drugs menace among their employees when the racket was busted earlier this month. He was arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into drugs being supplied in the city. Kamminga, 33, the holder of a Netherlands passport (NMC18DH31), had visited India four times. His visa is valid till June 2018. “We have been tracking him for the last few days following information about drugs and finally nabbed him last night,” said Excise Director (Enforcement) Akun Sabharwal.

He said that drugs including Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), methylenedioxy-Methamphetamine (MDMA) and Benzodioxolyl-N-methylbutanamine (MBDB), were recovered from Kamminga’s possession. “It seems that he was sharing drugs with some persons known to him,” he said. The STF has also found two other prominent persons from the IT industry as having association with Kamminga, an official said, adding that efforts were on to collect more information from Kamminga.