Estonian officials catch nearly 80 kilos of hashish in Valga (1)
Officials of the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (MTA) found 77 kilograms, or just under 170 pounds, of hashish in a car stopped in the Southern Estonian border town of Valga at the beginning of October.
On the night of Oct. 7, officials of the MTA's drug squad stopped a passenger car that had arrived in Estonia from Latvia. A check of the car revealed a hidden compartment which contained 80 packages with a narcotic substance, spokespeople for the agency said. Detained as suspects in drug trafficking were an Estonian man born in 1989 and woman born in 1988.
"Unfortunately, we've recently encountered more and more drug couriers from the Ida-Viru region who are mostly young people that have agreed to transport banned substances from one place to another for a small sum of money," Raul Koppelmaa, head of the agency's anti-drug squad explained. "Transportation of drugs entails a long jail sentence and earnings of a few hundred or a thousand euros certainly are not worth the risk of loss of freedom."
Prosecutor Raigo Aas from the Office of the Prosecutor General said that the suspects have been taken into custody. "The information collected in the course of various criminal proceedings shows clearly that very little hashish is used in Estonia," Aas explained. "We see that Estonia is used as a transit country in the transportation of hashish from Southern Europe to Russia. The evidence collected thus far in the framework of this criminal case also points at this."
The street value of one gram of hashish is approximately 15 euros, making the total value of the confiscated stash approximately 1.2 million euros.
The criminal case, led by the Office of the Prosecutor General, is being investigated by the MTA.