Over 76kg of Drugs Seized in Finnish-Estonian Police Operation

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12/18/2013 10:29 AM
Category: Uudised

Estonian and Finnish law enforcement agencies have arrested 25 people in connection with a international drug smuggling operation, confiscating 76 kilograms of amphetamines and smaller quantities of other drugs.

The group allegedly smuggled drugs to Finland mostly from the Netherlands using parcel-post, ERR radio reported on Tuesday.

Most members of the group were Estonians with criminal pasts, while the Finnish side, responsible for selling the drugs in Finland, had connections with or were members of the Bandidos motorcycle club.

The operation was masterminded from a prison in Helsinki using a smart phone.

Jari Räty of the Finnish police said that the phone was smuggled into prison using a crossbow.

One end of a rope was attached to an arrow and shot at the roof of the prison, near the accused inmate's window, with the phone then hauled up by the rope.

Räty said that a crossbow was used only after an initial attempt with a drone failed due to technical problems.

This was the second major joint police operation between the two nations this year.


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