Estonian and Finnish police say they have broken up a major drug ring that brought large volumes of drugs into Finland from Central Europe.
At a press conference in Tallinn on Tuesday afternoon, police from the two countries said the Estonian gang had smuggled in at least four batches of drugs including 76 kilos amphetamines as well as ecstasy and hashish. One of the recipients of the drug deliveries was the Bandidos motorcycle gang, authorities say.
Last May, the organisation hid some 30 kilos of amphetamines in the forests of Espoo and Kirkkonummi, west of Helsinki, police allege. They have recovered some 20 kilos of the drugs.
Operations run from behind bars
Finnish and Estonian officials believe that the imports, reception and distribution of the drugs were coordinated from within Helsinki Prison. There are 25 suspects, including five Finns, who are all members of Bandidos MC or its affiliates. However it remains unclear how many – if any – have been detained.
Court proceedings against the five Finns are to begin at Espoo District Court in late January.