By Kemo Cham
Finnish police Monday announced the arrest of a number of people said to be involved in a ring of drug dealing, among them at least one Gambian national.
Police in the Finnish metropolitan city of Vantaa described their discovery as one of the largest cocaine distribution rings ever in the country, equivalent to 20,000 doses. They said fifteen suspects were questioned during the investigations.
We do not have any detail of the number or identity of the detained Gambians, but the police report, according to the online edition of the Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE News, said that those arrested also include nationals from Nigeria, France and Syria, as well as Finnish citizens.
The gang is thought to have smuggled around 1.5 kilograms of cocaine last year. This is equivalent to some 86,000 doses with a street value of around 150,000 euros.
The report said that the cocaine was packed into egg-sized containers which the smugglers had swallowed and then brought into the country. The report added house searches led to the confiscation of narcotics from several locations amounting to 350 grams. This, the police said, they believe only represents about ten percent of the overall consignment of cocaine presently being sought.
The cocaine was sold in restaurants in the city centre of Helsinki and at parties. Prosecutions are anticipated later this month.
By Kemo Cham