Published February 21, 2013
A Russian man in his 30’s was sentenced in a Reykjanes court to 12-months in prison for smuggling cocaine into Iceland. The man, who had arrived in Iceland on 12 November, was caught with 300 grams of the illegal substance in his coat pockets, mbl.is reports.
While the man confessed to his guilt, he had said that he was just a messenger who had been forced into carrying the cocaine for somebody else, and that he couldn’t turn down the task, as he needed to pay off gambling debts.
This defense didn’t sway the powers that be, however, as the prosecutors noted that the man had been traveling regularly to Iceland and had previously brought money into the country to purchase a hotel.
The quality of the cocaine, in comparison to what is typically on the Icelandic market, was so great that it would have generated approximately 559 grams of product for sale on the streets.
In related news, a 26-year-old Icelandic man was sentenced to 20-months in prison today for possessing 105 grams of marijuana with the intention to sell. The man has had regular run-ins with the law and this instance of possession violated the terms of his current probation, RÚV reports.
Remember, kids: say ‘no’ to drugs.