‘Everyone has a price, the important thing is to find out what it is.’ A quote attributed to Pablo Escobar, the biggest Colombian drug lord of the twentieth century. A quote which, as I see it, concisely illustrates one of the main dangers of the drug trade: criminals can make such enormous profits that it is worth their while investing money for the purpose of corruption and intimidation. Pablo Escobar is no longer with us, but the drug trade and drug use are here to stay: it is impossible to imagine a world without them. Where there is a demand, there will be supply, as one of the basic rules of economics goes. It would be Utopian to believe that we can find a definitive solution to the problems this situation entails. But it is our job – as public prosecutors and police officers involved in fighting drug crime – to do everything in our power to keep these problems in check.
"De constateringen van de commissie Hoekstra raken ons intens. De conclusies en aanbevelingen zijn ernstig en indringend. Het OM is tekort geschoten. Daarvoor wil ik mijn verontschuldigingen aanbieden aan de nabestaanden. Ik heb dat dinsdagavond ook persoonlijk gedaan in een gesprek met de familie van Lois."