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Six Men Sent to Prison in “Polar Star” Drug Case

Reykjavík District Court sentenced six men to prison yesterday for their involvement in the so-called “Polar Star” case in September 2007, the largest single drug smuggling case in Iceland’s criminal history.

Vast amounts of drugs were confiscated, 24 kilos of amphetamine, 14 kilos of Ecstasy powder and more than 1,700 Ecstasy tablets.

Einar Jökull Einarsson was given a nine-and-a-half-year sentence for organizing the drug-smuggling operations and distributing tasks among his associates, Morgunbladid reports.

The duo who smuggled the drugs from Norway to Iceland in a sailboat, Gudbjarni Traustason and Alvar Óskarsson, were sentenced to seven years and five months and seven years in prison respectively. Traustason was given a longer sentence because he violated probation.

Marinó Einar Árnason, who planned to take over the drugs where the sailboat cast anchor in Fáskrúdsfjördur, east Iceland, was given a five-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Árnason then planned to pass the drugs on to Arnar Gústafsson, who was given a one-year sentence.

Bjarni Hrafnkelsson was found guilty of having produced most of the drugs in his apartment in Copenhagen and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Hrafnkelsson is born 1972 but the other men are all in their 20s.

One other Icelander is being held in prison in the Faroe Islands in relation to this case, where he has resided for some time. His case will be heard in early April this year.

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