A case involving more than 30 accused of participating in an illegal drug ring was opened in the Ostrobothnian District Court on Monday.
Police said during the investigation of the case, the suspects had imported a significant amount of drugs – including amphetamines, cannabis and cigarettes – worth hundreds of thousands of euros.
The ring was allegedly led by the family’s father from Kristinestad, a municipality in Western Finland near the Bothnian Sea.
The mother of the family and their minor son are also being charged, but they have denied guilt. The boy’s legal defense was that he had no choice but to obey his father because he was 14 years old at the time of the alleged crime. According to the prosecutor, at least 46 kg of amphetamine had been stored in the Familyäs home.
The other two principal defendants lived in the same municipality, including a former Kristinestad city councilor who resigned a few months ago, as well as a woman of Swedish nationality. The former city councilor is accused of transporting amphetamines.
Other defendants are persons from both Kristinestad and the city of Vaasa.
The crimes were alleged to have occurred from fall 2019 to spring 2020. The court has set aside eight days to hear the case.
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