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Teenager dies of ‘net drug’ overdose

An 18-year-old girl has died in Stockholm after overdosing on mephedrone, a drug that until now has been freely available for purchase on the internet.

After the girl’s death at Karolinska University Hospital on Sunday afternoon, Swedish authorities took immediate steps to ban the drug, with the handling of mephedrone classified as a criminal offence as of Monday, December 15th.

The 18-year-old and some friends took the substance in combination with cannabis on Friday night. An ambulance was soon called to Bandhagen in south Stockholm after the girl went into convulsions and turned blue in the face, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

The dangerous stimulant can attack vital organs and is often likened to a cross between cocaine and ecstasy. As it smells of seafood, the substance is referred to by users in Sweden as ‘krabba’ (crab).

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Drug smugglers jailed for ‘record’ Swedish haul

A man was sentenced on Friday to ten years in prison after he was found to be the ringleader in a record drug bust in southern Sweden, with three of his accomplices also jailed.

Drug smugglers jailed for 'record' Swedish haul

The ringleader, a 41-year-old Swede, was convicted of aggravated drug smuggling after he brought 150 kilogrammes of amphetamine into Helsingborg, southern Sweden.

The haul had been taken by truck from Slovakia, and was seized by police in November last year.

Several of the convicted man’s accomplices were also sentenced, including the driver of the vehicle, who was sent to prison for six years, and another two men who were sentenced to six years and three years respectively.

The police were aware of the men’s activity for a long period of time, and performed a sting operation two days after the amphetamine crossed the Swedish border. The sting was part of a large scale operation involving both Europol and Slovakian police.

The drugs have an estimated street value of 30 million kronor ($4.5 million), and were part of what the Stockholm District Court believed to be a far-reaching international drug network.

The convicted ringleader told the court that he was only part of the operation as he had been threatened by other drug dealers, however the court did not believe his claims. The court pointed to telephone calls as evidence that the man was willingly part of the drug ring.

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