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12 more men jailed in massive Christiania case

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12 more men jailed in massive Christiania case
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14:08 CET+01:00
The prison sentences keep piling up after the fourth of six Christiania case verdicts fell on Wednesday.
In the latest verdict in a series of trials connected to last year’s historic drug bust in Christiania, 12 men were sentenced to a combined 21.5 years in prison on Wednesday. 
 
The men were found guilty of selling cannabis from various stalls in Christiania, a former hippie commune in the heart of Copenhagen that is now the centre of a billion-kroner cannabis industry. 
 
The men range in age from 26 to 60 years old and were found guilty of selling between 143 and 380 kilos of cannabis. 
 
The 12 sentences handed out on Wednesday followed similar rulings on Monday and Tuesday, when 16 and 13 people were found guilty respectively. Seven other men were sentenced to a total of 32.5 years in prison back in January.
 
On Wednesday, the Copenhagen City Court once again determined that the sale of cannabis in Christiania is “organized” and said that "it was proven that all of the defendants participated in the sale to some degree or another". 
 
A total of 77 people face criminal charges as a result of a March 2014 police raid in Christiania, the largest cannabis-related police action in Denmark’s history.
 
The charges are split into six different court cases. Thus far, 48 individuals have been sentenced to a combined 134 years in prison. 
 
The Copenhagen City Court will rule on two more Christiania cases this week. 
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