International crime organizations, which are controlled from abroad, are taking root in Iceland. Criminals are intentionally being sent to Iceland to commit crimes.
“Reports from the investigative department of the Icelandic police confirm that organized crime have taken root in Iceland” Sigrídur Björk Gudjónsdóttir, assistant national commissioner of the Icelandic police, told Fréttabladid.
The organizations are based in Central and East Europe and reports have shown that criminals are being sent to Iceland purposely to commit crimes.
“Investigations show that international criminals are cooperating with Icelandic criminals, usually involving smuggling and drug trafficking. However, experience has shown us that over time organized crime usually expands the spectrum of illegal activity they engage in” Gudjonsdottir said.
The investigative department of the Icelandic police believes this will have a large impact on the Icelandic police’s activities. “This development means that the Icelandic police face a new and particularly demanding challenge” Gudjónsdóttir states.