Two arrested in Sweden in weapons deal sting

Swedish police have arrested two men at the behest of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for attempting to sell an AK-47 and a grenade launcher to an undercover agent from the Danish security service.

The weapons were handed over to the agent from Denmark’s PET security service last spring.

The US DEA requested the arrest of the men, reported to be a 34-year-old and a 40-year-old.

Law enforcement officials suspect that a Swedish citizen currently imprisoned in the United States is behind the alleged weapons deal.

Paul Mardirossian, the Swede believed to be the mastermind behind the weapons sale, is a former owner of a string of clubs in the posh Stockholm neighbourhood of Stureplan, and has been held in the United States since May after being arrested in Panama trying to sell weapons to an undercover agent.

In January, he pleaded to charges of conspiring to supply weapons to Colombian guerrillas in exchange for cocaine.

Police in Sweden arrested the two men after receiving an international arrest warrant from Denmark.

The men were arrested Tuesday morning in Malmö and Stockholm and have being held in their respective locations.

“We’ve simply helped coordinate this action; it’s a Danish matter. We’ve done our parts and are now awaiting what will happen next,” detective Lars Öjelind of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) told the TT news agency.

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Drunk or Danish? Swedish police eventually work it out

Police in western Sweden initially thought a man whose car was stuck in the snow was Danish, but after a while they realized he was slurring his words because he was drunk.

Drunk or Danish? Swedish police eventually work it out
Danes and Swedes come together for the opening of the Öresund Bridge in 2000. Photo: Klas Andersson/TT

Police approached the 29-your-old Trollhättan resident’s car after it got stuck in the snow last winter, local newspaper TTELA reports. The driver had appeared to leave the scene of an accident after crashing into two parked cars and officers were keen to speak to him. 

But they couldn’t make out with he was saying and at first were convinced he was Danish. But the powerful whiff of alcohol suggested something was amiss, and a near-empty bottle of vodka on the floor sealed their suspicions. 

He wasn’t Danish after all, just very drunk. 

Trollhättan district court has now sentenced him to a month in jail for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crime and carrying a knife. 

He was also ordered to pay fines to the drivers of the two damaged cars, and to local authorities after he crashed into a lamppost.

On this popular YouTube clip, a commenter seems to hit the nail on the head:

“Danish and Swedish sound similar enough. For a Swede it's probably like pronouncing drunk Swedish.”