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Case of Icelandic Drug Smuggling Gang Expands

An Icelandic crime organization is believed to have planned the import of 27 kilos of amphetamines from the Netherlands to Denmark in November 2011. Two Icelandic citizens, who are already being held in prison in Copenhagen, were arrested on Friday as suspects in the case.

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The crime organization was first covered in the media last autumn when eight Icelanders, three Danes and one French were arrested on suspicion of having organized the smuggling of 34 kilos of amphetamines in two trips from the Netherlands in August and September 2012, Fréttablaðið reports.

All suspects were arrested in Denmark apart from one person, who was arrested in Norway. All remain in custody.

The police have named Icelander Guðmundur Ingi Þóroddsson as suspected leader of the organization. In 2000 and 2002 he was given seven and five-year prison sentences in Iceland, respectively, for smuggling ecstasy pills. He has resided in Spain in the past years.

The two men who were arrested on Friday are reported by Danish newspaper Esktra bladed to be 25 and 37-years-old and were first arrested at Denmark’s Kastrup International Airport in February 2012 carrying five kilos of ecstasy pills. In September they were sentenced to five and eight years in prison, respectively.

The 27 kilos of amphetamines smuggled to Denmark in November 2011 were accepted by a 42-year-old Dane, who has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Now the police believe that the smuggling may have been planned by the Icelandic crime organization, which is said to have operations in many European countries, and that the two Icelanders arrested for smuggling ecstasy pills one year ago had part in it.

The case has thus expanded from including eight to ten Icelanders and from 34 to 51 kilos of amphetamines.

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