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Swedish customs crack cocaine gang plan

TT/Christine Demsteader · 22 Jan 2010, 11:33

Published: 22 Jan 2010 11:33 GMT+01:00

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Ten members of the mob have been remanded in custody in connection with the case, according to newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

They were caught with the help of stolen identities from pensioners and people with disabilities who received home-help services in the Gunnared area of the city.

“They even used a dead person’s identification in connection with payments being sent to central America,” customs investigator Dick Henry told GP.

The drugs were packed in small amounts in bottles of nail varnish and sent from Costa Rica to Sweden. It is not yet clear how long the scheme has been running nor the quantity or value of the drugs seized.

During the investigation, Swedish Customs (Tullverket) infiltrated the home-help services and tracked a 36-year-old woman, employed to help with cleaning and cooking duties for the elderly and infirm.

On numerous occasions she signed for parcels, using the address of one of her clients and his driving licence as identification.

The newspaper adds that many members of the gang, who are Gothenburg residents, have recently moved to the city from an unspecified Caribbean country.

”The gang leader was registered in Sweden as recently as March 2009,” Dick Henry added.

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A 32-year old man was arrested in January suspected of being the brains behind the scheme, which is believed to be part of a wider international cartel.

TT/Christine Demsteader (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:09 January 22, 2010 by Aceblack
Ah, I am both a bit impressed and disgusted by this. Drugsmugglers never cease to come up with new ideas...
18:02 January 22, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer

Simply ship the drugs to russia, and move them accross Finland and off the ferry to Sweden. I've YET to see any customs worker. In fact. That's how I got all my dead hookers back to Sweden!
18:53 January 22, 2010 by zeulf
Well done Tull , for as much bad press as they take. WELL DONE.

Hope No Tull agents were sunburned during this operation
22:00 January 22, 2010 by peropaco
So the tull agents are good for something after all. I thought they were only good at catching people smugling dry fish from Georgia.
22:40 January 22, 2010 by eZee.se
Didnt know Sweden had a coke problem...

I've heard stories about drugs around tcentral but have never witnessed anything myself, although i did get a whiff of someone smoking weed when i passed by - but couldn't identify who was the offender.

I wonder if this effects the prices... but with no details on how big the gang was i think that would be hard to say.

My recent trip to prague there was a guy peddling it on the street,asked me as i passed by, i feel like kicking myself for not finding out how much he was selling it for.
23:47 January 22, 2010 by Malmoman
Gosh in Boston I remember people doing coke in the urinals next to me at the bars (early 90s). These are the times when I think that Sweden really is a great place to live. Not really because of the article but because no one has ever snorted coke in the urinal next to me in Sweden.

Long live Karl XVI Gustaf!
00:33 January 23, 2010 by reason
Haha, awful pun :D
02:51 January 23, 2010 by Greg in Canada
Sweden - Welcome to the world of "multiculturalism". This includes criminals also.

We've found in Canada that there is good and bad with bringing immigrants in from around the world. It's 95% mostly good, but expect the mafia, triads, etc and other ethnic criminal organizations to be part of the process of opening your borders to the rest of the world.
03:22 January 23, 2010 by Davey-jo
I love the headline; well done for the pun; give the sub-editor the night off.
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