Police complete investigation into Iceland’s biggest drugs haul of the year

Reykjavík police have completed their investigation into the biggest illegal drugs find of 2011 and the case has now been passed on to the state prosecutor. Two men, in their forties and fifties, remain in custody over the case.

The drugs package, which contained a large number of ecstasy tablets, as well as cocaine, amphetamines and steroids, was sent to a small company in the Icelandic capital last October. The older suspect works for the company in question; but according to Vísir.is sources, he has never come to police attention before. The same anonymous sources say he believes he was tricked into the crime; saying that he was only asked to get a package containing steroids into the country unnoticed. He claims all the other drugs came as a complete surprise.

The police investigation was very big and was very labour intensive for several weeks leading up to the two men’s arrests.

The drugs were found at the port of Straumsvík (primarily used by the adjoining aluminium smelter) near Hafnarfjörður, in the Reykjavík region. The drugs were found in several packages on board the Dutch container ship, Francisca. The ship arrived in Iceland from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.