5-year-old ‘sold’ drugs in major Swedish drug bust

Dozens of people in northern Sweden have been charged after police busted a drug ring in which a 5-year-old girl had allegedly handed out hashish and taken payment.

5-year-old ‘sold’ drugs in major Swedish drug bust

According to the local Sundsvall Dagbladet newspaper, five men from Sundsvall, northern Sweden, were the ringleaders in the drug operation.

They were responsible for smuggling a total of 52 kilogrammes of hashish, 2,000 ecstasy tablets and two kilogrammes of amphetamines into Sweden from continental Europe, a haul which they stashed in a cellar along with several prohibited weapons.

According to one of the drug ring’s customers, a man who appeared in court on Monday, there were often young children present when he visited the drug dealers at their base in Sundsvall, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.

One of the ringleaders’ children, aged five, allegedly acted as a mule during the selling of the hash, taking payment for a transaction and passing the money on to her father.

The man told the court that the front door to the house was often opened by young children who would ask if he was visiting “to buy smokes”.

The contraband drugs were smuggled by the ringleaders during two trips to Holland and Germany in the spring of 2011.

It is reported that the five ringleaders, who range from 22- to 40-years-old, have ties to the notorious Malmö-based “Bandidos” motorcycle gang.

The bust has seen a total of 46 people charged for drug crimes and aggravated drug crimes.

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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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