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Americans wanted to send cocaine to Denmark

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Americans wanted to send cocaine to Denmark
A file photo of a Colombian policeman with confiscated cocaine. US agents considered sending 500 kilos of confiscated cocaine to Denmark as part of a sting. Photo: Marcelo Salinas/Scanpix
10:14 CEST+02:00
Agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had plans to send up to a half tonne of cocaine from Colombia to Denmark, a current drug trial in Aarhus has revealed.
According to news agency Ritzau, a DEA agent testifying in a trial against a German and a Colombian who are accused of attempting to buy 200 kilos of cocaine said that American agents hired a Colombian criminal to pose as a drug dealer and offer to send up to a half tonne of cocaine to Denmark.
 
The Colombian mole, identified as Maria, met with the two defendants in Bogota and said that the German and Colombian showed interest in the offer. According to the DEA agent, the Americans were prepared to ship 500 kilos of cocaine to Denmark as part of the sting.
 
The Americans and their Danish counterparts ultimately decided against the transport, the DEA agent said in Aarhus. 
 
According to the charges, the 46-year-old Colombian man and the 30-year-old German agreed to purchase 200 kilos of cocaine for 43 million kroner ($7.4 million), while a Dane from Møn agreed to take a significant part of the delivery. 
 
Agents from the DEA, East Jutland Police and the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) all went undercover as part of the investigation.  
 
Defence lawyers in the Aarhus case argue that their clients were pressured into the purchase by ‘Maria’ and the court is expected to rule shortly on whether the police investigation was legal under Danish law.
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