The head of one of Sweden’s largest ever drug rings has been sentenced to nearly two decades behind bars. Forty-year-old Jonas Oredsson had been charged with masterminding a massive smuggling operation from which authorities seized nearly 1.4 tonnes of Columbian cocaine bound for Sweden in 2010. The estimated street value of the haul was SEK 4.5 billion (EUR 511 million).
And on Wednesday a Stockholm courtroom said that Oredsson was sentenced to 18 years in jail; one official said his extensive criminal background had been taken into consideration.
Likewise, Oredsson’s accomplice Mauritz Andersson was sentenced to 14 years for his involvement in the crime. However, despite having admitted to engaging in the ring’s operations, Andersson is planning to appeal the sentence, according to his lawyer.
The news follows the sentencing of two other individuals convicted of aggravated smuggling in the operation earlier it the year. Both are males in their 30s and were slapped with eight years behind bars.
According to a report published by The Local, the crimes took place over a three-and-a-half year period beginning in 2010. The gang and the record haul were intercepted in June of 2010 following a massive investigation that included help from justice officials in France, the United States and Columbia.