Swedish police struggle to stop pre-teen drug dealers

Police in Linköping in central Sweden have discovered a 12-year-old boy for trying to sell hashish on school grounds.

It is the second time police have caught the boy trying to sell drugs.

“It’s frightening, there’s something somewhere when it comes to adult supervision,” said Magnus Skoglund of the Linköping police to Sveriges Radio (SR).

Skoglund said he isn’t surprised, pointing out that those old enough to be prosecuted often get children younger than 15-years-old to transport and sell drugs.

But he admitted that it was unusual to recruit children as young as 12-years-old.

We have no legal options to go after something like this through an investigation, we have to have suspicions of a specific crime,” Skoglund told SR.

“In this case we hand things over to social services.”

Skoglund said he would support lowering Sweden’s age of criminal responsibility reduced from the current 15-years-old to twelve.

He added the point would not be to punish young children, but rather give police the power to perform searches in an effort to find hidden drugs.


Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.