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Eight charged in 'biggest ever' Swedish drug bust

AFP/The Local · 27 Mar 2012, 11:17

Published: 26 Mar 2012 14:16 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Mar 2012 11:17 GMT+02:00

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The eight people, whose names were not given, were charged with aggravated narcotics crime, drug smuggling and money laundering for crimes committed between 2006 and 2010, Sweden's international prosecution authority said in a statement on Monday.

The crimes, which took place between 2006 and 2010, were picked up on during a record drug bust in June 2010 on a sailboat off Martinique when a 56-year-old sailor was arrested with a 1.4 ton cargo of cocaine.

Jonas Oredsson, a 39-year-old Swede, is believed to be the mastermind behind the trafficking, but he is known to have had help from several people, including his 58-year-old mother.

The investigation has been ongoing for three years, and Swedish police have had help from police in the US, Colombia and France, as well as extensive cooperation with European Union agencies Eurojust and Europol.

"That police and prosecutors were able to cooperate over national borders was a prerequisite for getting this far," Karin Bergstrand at the international prosecution authority said in the statement.

Oredsson has a lengthy history of criminal activities, including several counts of bank robbery in eastern Sweden, one of which he took a cashier hostage.

He is also known for his escapes from authorities, once being taken by masked and gun wielding men from a correction centre, and once from a court by a man on a motorcycle after having just been sentenced to 12 years prison.

The Oredsson's mother is charged with having hidden 26 million kronor in a foundation in Switzerland.

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The criminal network is known to have spent 115 million kronor between 2007 and 2010, including the purchasing of houses and boats in up to five different countries. Members of the group are also charged with money laundering in Spain.

"This is a hard blow to organized crime and shows that cooperation is the right way to hit the criminals where it hurts the most, by taking their money," Klas Friberg, the head of Sweden's national crime unit, said in the statement.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:04 March 26, 2012 by Rishonim
There is no country called Columbia.. Columbia is a very prestigious school in New Yak. There is also the District of Columbia which is the capital of the USA.
16:02 March 26, 2012 by gpafledthis
Nah !! No true swede would be taken "alive" from his boat (long or short) !! AND "Hagarsdottir" taken alive TOO?? There is enough SHAME here to drench all sweden !!
16:04 March 26, 2012 by spo10
true, there's Republic of Colombia though.
16:05 March 26, 2012 by heu
Colombia, the country is called Colombia.
16:16 March 26, 2012 by philster61
I'm in the wrong line of work. How much did they earn? 665 million? tax free of course....
19:57 March 26, 2012 by swedejane
There are swedish people who do coke? I have yet to meet them.
20:27 March 26, 2012 by ctinej
I want to know the original nationality of the crooks. Probably eastern europe. Someone please find out and get it on here.
08:00 March 27, 2012 by ruimove
@ctinej, Jonas Oredsson sounds eastern european to you?
20:24 March 28, 2012 by libertarianism
Name and photo released? Must be an ethnic Swede...
22:56 March 29, 2012 by MaxxUS
Jonas and me went to the same middle school south of Stockholm in the late 70s/80s so yes....very much swedish!
02:43 July 24, 2012 by milhouse329
thats a shame he's Swedish, I'm Scottish and only been once (this year) to Sweden. Its sad to read this story. What a fabulous country you have, a real pity a scumbag drug dealer in it but where aren't there drug dealers?!?!?!?
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