Seven-Year Sentence for Smuggling Drugs

Vala Hafstað

Yesterday, the Reykjavík District Court sentenced two men to seven years in prison for smuggling 37.8 kg of amphetamine and almost 5 kg of cocaine to Iceland on board the ferry Norröna last summer, reports.

They were arrested in Seyðisfjörður, the East Fjords, at the beginning of August, as they arrived by Norröna, after a sniffer dog detected drugs in the passenger car they brought along. The drugs were hidden inside a locked compartment in the trunk of the car.

One of the men is German, the other one is Romanian. Both of them resided in Germany. The German stated he was a retired banker, who owed a considerable amount in taxes. The Romanian, 13 years his junior, had lived in Germany for a few years.

They claimed to have been asked by a third man to take the trip to Iceland – someone that could not be located, but whom they described as a building contractor in Germany. They both denied having known about the existence of the drugs in the vehicle.

The men had previously visited Iceland in 2018, when they brought the same car along, in addition to having traveled together to Oslo, Norway; Basel, Switzerland; and Malaga, Spain.

Their testimonies were believed to be inconsistent and lacking credibility.

The smuggled drugs included almost 37.8 kg of amphetamine with an average potency of 69.9 percent and nearly 5 kg of cocaine with an average potency of 81.5 percent.

In addition to the prison sentence, the two men must pay for the cost of litigation, amounting to ISK 6 million (USD 47,000; EUR 43,000), and for legal expenses of ISK 12.4 million (USD 98,000; EUR 90,000).

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