From Iceland — Drug Cop Asked To Be Investigated

Drug Cop Asked To Be Investigated

Published January 9, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Becky Conway

The high-profile investigation of a police officer in the drug crimes division has just taken a new twist.

According to sources close to RÚV, the officer, who was reportedly accused of charges unknown related to “an unnatural relationship between a police officer and criminals”, voluntarily went to the Police Federation of Iceland (LL) and asked for the investigation himself. His decision was prompted, the sources say, by rumours circulating amongst police officers last summer that he had “skeletons in his closet”.

The officer in question was reportedly a participant in a drug bust gone wrong involving Mirjam van Twuyer, a Dutch woman who was sentenced last year to 11 years in prison for taking part in a drug smuggling operation. Mirjam confirmed for reporters that the officer was in the hotel room with her at the time of the raid.

The raid was botched on account of another police officer acting prematurely and arresting a courier on his way to bring a delivery of drugs to Mirjam. RÚV’s sources contend this mistake occurred because the arresting officer misheard or misunderstood an order given over police radio.

In the wake of this event, rumours about the cop in the room with Mirjam began to circulate amongst officers. Though the officer in question asked his supervisors to investigate him, this request was ignored. He then sought recourse at LL.

Another man, who has a criminal record involving drug charges, has been arrested in connection with the case. The investigation of the unnamed police officer was prompted in part by a recorded conversation between the officer and the other man last summer, which was said to show an “unnatural relationship” between the two. This recording, it has come to light, was made by the officer himself.

Snorri Magnússon, the director of LL, declined to comment to reporters on the matter.

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