Gang smuggled cocaine to Sweden via tiny Ven island

Five men have been charged for using the small island of Ven in the Öresund Straits, a popular tourist destination, as a halfway point to smuggle drugs from Denmark to Sweden.

Gang smuggled cocaine to Sweden via tiny Ven island
The island of Ven in the middle of the Öresund Straits is well know as the site of Tycho Brahe's observatory. Photo: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikimedia Commons
According to charge documents seen by The Local, two of the men used a semi-inflatable RIB speed boat to take 28kg of amphetamines, 3kg of cocaine and 5kg of ecstasy over from Rungsted in Denmark to Ven on January 10th. 
A third man then loaded it into a hire car, which one of them took by ferry back to Sweden. 
Two of the men on board the RIB in January. Photo: Swedish Customs
Of the two other men, one is accused of masterminding the operation and purchasing the RIB for 130,000 kronor the month before the smuggling took place, and the other of driving it from Sweden to Denmark. 
“The actions of each and every one of then played a necessary role in committing the crime, through which they in each case, with full knowledge of their deeds, carried out the above drugs smuggling,” prosecutor Ulla Karlbrink wrote in the charge sheet submitted to Lund District Court on Tuesday. 
The gang were caught after a member of the public informed the local coast guard that men where offloading bags at the harbour in Kyrkbacken, a village on the west of the island. 

The RIB was a powerful speed boat. Photo: Swedish Customs 
The coast guard then stopped the boat on its way back to Denmark, and alerted customs authorities and the police, who stopped and searched the car on arrival in Landskrona. 
Two of the man are from Halmstad, two from Trollhättan and one from Uddevalla. All five deny committing the crime. 
Ven is popular as a cycling destination, and also known as the site of the observatory set up by the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe at the Uraniborg castle. 
The car contained 8kg of amphetamines, 3kg of cocaine and 5kg of ecstasy. Photo: Swedish Customs 

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  1. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised by the disrespect President Trump is showing for the Swedish justice system since he is equally disrespectful of the American justice system.

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Swedish Green leader: ‘Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity’

The riots that rocked Swedish cities over the Easter holidays were nothing to do with religion or ethnicity, but instead come down to class, the joint leader of Sweden's Green Party has told The Local in an interview.

Swedish Green leader: 'Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity'

Ahead of a visit to the school in Rosengård that was damaged in the rioting, Märta Stenevi said that neither the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who provoked the riots by burning copies of the Koran, nor those who rioted, injuring 104 policemen, were ultimately motivated by religion. 

“His demonstration had nothing to do with religion or with Islam. It has everything to do with being a right extremist and trying to to raise a lot of conflict between groups in Sweden,” she said of Paludan’s protests. 

“On the other side, the police have now stated that there were a lot of connections to organised crime and gangs, who see this as an opportunity to raise hell within their communities.”

Riots broke out in the Swedish cities of Malmö, Stockholm, Norrköping, Linköping and Landskrona over the Easter holidays as a result of Paludan’s tour of the cities, which saw him burn multiple copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam. 


More than 100 police officers were injured in the riots, sparking debates about hate-crime legislation and about law and order. 

According to Stenevi, the real cause of the disorder is the way inequality has increased in Sweden in recent decades. 

“If you have big chasms between the rich people and poor people in a country, you will also have a social upheaval and social disturbance. This is well-documented all across the world,” she says. 
“What we have done for the past three decades in Sweden is to create a wider and wider gap between those who have a lot and those who have nothing.” 

The worst way of reacting to the riots, she argues, is that of Sweden’s right-wing parties. 
“You cannot do it by punishment, by adding to the sense of outsider status, you have to start working on actually including people, and that happens through old-fashioned things such as education, and a proper minimum income, to lift people out of their poverty, not to keep them there.”

This, she says, is “ridiculous”, when the long-term solution lies in doing what Sweden did to end extreme inequality at the start of the 20th century, when it created the socialist folkhem, or “people’s home”. 

“It’s easy to forget that 100 to 150 years ago, Sweden was a developing country, with a huge class of poor people with no education whatsoever. And we did this huge lift of a whole nation. And we can do this again,” she says. “But it needs resources, it needs political will.”