Swedish and Czech authorities collaboratively busted a huge laboratory that was capable of producing large amounts of the drug within a short timeframe.
An international scheme to produce and distribute amphetamine was stopped by a joined intervention of Swedish and Czech police, leading to a shutdown of the largest drug laboratory ever found in this part of the world. The lab was located in the Bohemia region and it allegedly served entire Sweden over the period of the last five years, with the total produced in this timeframe estimated at 3.5 tons and a capacity to churn out multi-kilo quantities in a single cycle. Seven people were arrested in relation to the case – four in the Czech Republic and another 3 in Sweden. 700 liters of chemicals used for amphetamine synthesis was discovered at the site, along with 600 liters of waste, while cash, cars and other assets likely acquired through drug trade were confiscated..
A Swedish man well-known to the police for his drug activity in the past was supposedly financing the ring, while others arranged for production and transportation of amphetamine into Sweden, where it was predominantly sold. Malmo was used as the main center for distribution, but the drugs eventually reach every part of Sweden through a chain of collaborators and couriers. Czech territory was used only for manufacturing, with just a small portion of the drug staying in the country and the bulk exported northwards.
Interestingly, the gang didn’t use modern technology to communicate, instead meeting in person at various locations to discuss the business. This fact, along with the size of the lab and the intricate distribution network, indicate that a serious and well-organized group of criminals was at work here. This is not the first time that this same gang ran into trouble with the law, as some of their couriers were caught in 2014 with around 93 kg of amphetamine. All of the suspects will be handed to Czech authorities and face trial there, with punishments of up to 18 years in prison in case they are convicted.
Picture of amphetamine production is a file photo of a similar bust which happened in Poland.
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