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Woman Given Eight Years for Drug Smuggling

The Supreme Court of Iceland confirmed the verdict of Reykjavík District Court last week and sentenced a 41-year-old German citizen, Elena Neumann, to eight years in prison for the attempted import of 20 liters of amphetamine base to the country last year.


The Supreme Court of Iceland. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Neumann arrived in Iceland on the Norraena ferry in June 2010 and the substance was found in her vehicle’s gas tank. Another German woman, who is 32, was with her but she was acquitted of drug smuggling charges, Morgunbladid reports.

It is estimated that the substance could have been used to produce 264 kilos of amphetamine, which is nearly the same amount as the annual consumption of the drug in Iceland.

A Lithuanian citizen, who was sentenced to four years in prison in Iceland in 2006 for importing liquid amphetamine and sulfuric acid to the country, is suspected of being connected with this case but the Lithuanian police failed to bring him in for questioning.

According to Reykjavík District Court’s verdict, Neumann did her utmost to delay the investigation, changing her testimony and hardly releasing any information on her own account.

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