Americans wanted to send cocaine to Denmark

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.

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
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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Police in Denmark fine 123 for buying drugs on social media

Police in North Jutland are to issue fines against 123 people for 158 instances of purchasing cannabis or cocaine on a social media website.

Police in Denmark fine 123 for buying drugs on social media
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The 123 people are accused of buying narcotics, police inspector Casper Jacobsen confirmed.

The majority of the individuals are from the Aalborg area, Jacobsen also said.

“Hash and cocaine are the two main substances purchased on the (social media) page. There are more infringements than people arrested because, for example, one person bought narcotics six times,” he said.

Three men from North Jutland, aged 20 and 21, were arrested in March this year for running the social media page, which displayed a telephone number via which drugs could be ordered.

Using the information, buyers and sellers were able to arrange times and places for delivery of and payment for the substances.

“The three men we arrested in March, and who we believe to have run the webpage, posted a telephone number and offered hash and cocaine for certain prices. A driver then went out and delivered it,” Jacobsen said.

“The three men were released but remain accused in the case. The case has been referred to the prosecution authority, which will assess whether formal charges will be made against the three persons who are accused of selling drugs and running this webpage,” he continued.

The group of 123 ranges in age from 18 to 51 years and includes both men and women and will receive fines of between 2,000 and 12,000 kroner, depending on the quantity and number of purchases.

Police declined to confirm which social media site had been used, but said it was a freely available social media.

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