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Ex Danish MP freed after 12 years in US prison

Uwe Jensen was imprisoned in 2006 for his plans to send weapons to the Colombian paramilitary group AUC in exchange for $25 million of cocaine.

Ex Danish MP freed after 12 years in US prison
Uwe Jensen was elected into the Danish parliament in 1977. Photo: Mogens Ladegaard/Scanpix
78-year-old Uwe Jensen has had many titles throughout his long life: Danish MP, UN delegate, MEP, weapons seller, drug dealer, terrorist, prisoner. On Friday, he could add a few more to his varied CV: free man, ex-con. 
 
Jensen was released from a prison in Houston, Texas after serving 12 years for his role in a weapons-for-drugs deal. 
 
He was arrested in 2002 and imprisoned in 2006 for his plans to smuggle four containers filled with weapons to the paramilitary group the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), which has been designated as a terrorist organization by both the United States and Europe.
 
The weapons were to be bought with $25 million worth of cocaine in what the FBI said was “the use of drug money to fuel terror”.
 
According to the FBI’s case against Jensen, the Dane wanted to move a shipment that consisted of 300,000 grenades, 300 guns, 9,000 AK-47 rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition. 
 
Jensen was busted by an undercover FBI agent who had befriended the former Danish politician and followed his movements for over a year. 
 
Upon his release on Friday, Jensen denied his guilt and told Ekstra Bladet that the entire business was a set-up by the FBI. 
 
In the FBI’s official telling of the case, which it dubbed ‘Operation White Terror’, it says that Jensen was the one who came to them. 
 
“Just four days after the 9/11 attacks, a man named Uwe Jensen approached one of our confidential sources and learned that our source had connections in Eastern Europe that might lead to the purchase of huge stores of military weapons for the AUC. Jensen—a naturalized U.S. citizen from Denmark living in Houston – was a weapons scout for [Carlos Ali] Romero-Varela,” the FBI writes on its website
 
Although Jensen gave up his Danish passport to become an American, his time behind bars clearly soured his outlook on the US. 
 
“[The US] is a police state that treats its people worse than Nazi Germany,” he told Extra Bladet outside of the Houston holding facility. 
 
Jensen will spend the next five years on parole, and said he hopes to be able to serve that time in Denmark.  
 
“Denmark is still my country,” he said. 
 
Jensen released a book last year about his ordeal. 

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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.

READ ALSO: Man carrying 1,000 joints gets into Danish police car, mistaking it for a taxi

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