Long prison sentences in international drug dealing

Source: https://www.goteborgdirekt.se/nyheter/langa-fangelsestraff-i-internationell-knarkharva/repthn!GfnlvnNoAODZ0GHpN3gsaQ/

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Imprisonment of between three and a half and nine and a half years – that was the sentences for 14 of the 15 people who were charged in an international drug scandal connected to Gothenburg.

It was the police in Austria who first noticed the extensive drug smuggling before they contacted the Danish police and the Swedish Customs in the spring of 2018. Lots of drugs had been smuggled from the Netherlands where it was packed in capsules and then marked with different designations for further sale in Gothenburg, for example.

In October last year, the trial began, in which 15 people were indicted on suspicion of extremely serious drug smuggling and extremely serious drug crime.

The preliminary investigation covers approximately 14,000 pages. According to the indictment, the persons are estimated to have handled over 132 kilos of heroin and cocaine at a street price of SEK 112 million.

– This is the largest case in the Swedish Customs’ history, not in the amount of seizures but in scope, Gill Eriksson, deputy head of the Customs Criminal Unit, told Göteborg Direkt in connection with the prosecution.

The main hearing lasted for a total of 68 days of negotiations and ended in mid-July.  

The prosecutor said that the people had connections to the Nigerian mafia network Black Ax, but one of the court members, councilor Anna Hansell, says that they could not find any such connections.

– The investigation shows that an organized activity has been behind the smuggling to Sweden, but we have not found support for any connections to the Nigerian network Black Ax, says Anna Hansell in a press release.

All but one of the accused are now sentenced to between three and a half and nine and a half years in prison. The person who was released completely was charged with aiding and abetting extremely serious drug smuggling and extremely serious drug offenses.

Among those convicted are people in Gothenburg who received batches of capsules and then delivered them in smaller parts within defined geographical areas.

– It is clear that these people have had a well-established customer base which has meant that they have quickly received sales for the capsules received, says Anna Hannell.

All persons who are convicted and who are not Swedish citizens are expelled after the sentence has been served. They are forbidden to return here for a period of between ten years and life. 

Gothenburg Currency Exchange Office Washed the Mafia Drug Money

Source: https://www.expressen.se/gt/krim/vaxlingskontor-misstanks-ha-tvattat-maffians-pengar/

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A currency exchange office in Gothenburg is suspected to have washed the mafia drug money.

People with connections to the notorious Nigerian death gang Black Ax must have exchanged over SEK 700,000 in the office.

At the Customs Administration’s strike, around SEK 1.7 million was found in various payrolls.

The case is linked to the major drug case at Gothenburg District Court where 15 people are charged with particularly serious drug smuggling and particularly serious drug crime. Several of the defendants have links to Black Ax, a feared gang originating in Nigeria. The criminal network is described as both a death cult and a mafia and, in addition to drug crime, deals with human trafficking, according to Swedish authorities.

Two of the defendants in the drug case must have exchanged more than SEK 700,000 to the euro at the current exchange office in Gothenburg.

The trio is prosecuted

Now three people with links to the exchange office have been charged with serious money laundering crimes that are alleged to have taken place in 2018.

– This applies both to a representative of the exchange office and to two other persons with connections to the exchange office. My view is that the three together and intentionally have intentionally taken measures that have been aimed at concealing that the money comes from drug crime, ”says Gustav Nyström, chamber prosecutor at the Swedish Crime Agency in Gothenburg, in a statement.

According to the suspicions, the exchange office has distributed around SEK 10 million, sent both domestically and abroad, without checking the origin of the money and thus contributed to organized crime. The trio is therefore also charged with gross nutritional laundering.

Money in maple compartments

The investigation is a collaboration between the Swedish Criminal Authority, the Customs Administration and the Prosecutor’s Office. When the Customs Administration made a strike against the office, approximately SEK 1.7 million was found in various payrolls.

– The SEK 1.7 million is forged to some extent forfeited as an exchange of crimes and to another to be taken into custody in accordance with the Theft Act, says Chamber Prosecutor Gustav Nyström.

The preliminary investigation shows that the authorities have used, among other things, secret telephone interception and scouting.

The suspected trio denies crime.

Black Ax is established in several locations in Europe and has now been seen in Stockholm in addition to Gothenburg. The operations in Europe are based on Sicily where the gang, which collaborates with the mafia Cosa Nostra, established itself in connection with the wave of refugees in 2015.

The gang’s victims have testified, among other things, that they were extorted with the help of voodoo, black magic. The league will also use machetes in the event of violent crimes.

Police: Brutal Nigerian mafia linked to drug smuggling in Norway

Source: https://www.abcnyheter.no/nyheter/verden/2019/10/02/195615335/politiet-brutal-nigeriansk-mafia-knyttes-til-narkosmugling-i-norge

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A total of 15 people have been charged with drug smuggling worth over NOK 100 million in Sweden. One of the defendants was taken in Norway.

In Nigeria, the Black Ax gang is a notorious criminal network that has built up through killings, kidnappings and drug smuggling.

Swedish police now confirm that the criminal group has settled in Stockholm.

– In my opinion, this is one of the most effective criminal syndicates in the world. Unfortunately for us, they probably have a bright future, says Lennart Karlsson, interim manager at the Klara area in Stockholm, to Swedish Radio .

Largest investigation ever

On Tuesday, charges were laid against 15 people accused of smuggling more than 132 kilos of cocaine and heroin from the Netherlands to Scandinavia. Several of the people have ties to the Black Ax.

The total street value should be around NOK 112 million.

Behind the indictment lies what is referred to as the Swedish Customs Service’s most comprehensive investigation of all time. Ten of the defendants come from Nigeria or Gambia.

Listened telephone calls, drug seizures, drug sales records and chat conversations are among the evidence against the defendants, according to investigative documents ABC News has accessed. All the accused are aged between 26 and 51, two of whom are women.

There was a tip from the police in Austria that put the Customs Service on the trail of the network.

Affected heroin price

Gill Eriksson, assistant chief of the Customs Service, believes the strike against the drug league had a clear impact in Stockholm.

– When we made many attacks in the fall of 2018, we heard from Stockholm police that the prices of heroin had doubled on the streets. So clearly we have never experienced that the work we do has affected what happens on the street, ”Eriksson tells SVT .

Through the investigation there has been cooperation with several countries in Europe.

According to the Customs Service, Black Ax is so violent that some couriers do not dare to say against the network, for fear of their own family.

Smuggled on Saturdays

Police believe the criminal network acquired the drug in the Netherlands before it was shipped to Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The mode shows that the smuggling took place mainly on trucks and cars on Saturdays.

In 2015 and 2016, one of the defendants was convicted of drug offenses in Oslo District Court. A press release from the Prosecutor’s Office states that one of the defendants was extradited from Norway.

The investigation has also revealed that several of the defendants have traveled to and from Norway, including a Dutch professional driver who is connected to the network.

Risks 10 years in prison

The lawsuit against the 15 accused starts in Gothenburg District Court October 9.

– Through our work we have seriously disrupted a West African network. It is all about huge quantities of heroin and cocaine, and we have arrested everything from suppliers in the Netherlands, wholesalers, couriers and buyers, says customs director Tony Magnusson in a press release.

All of them are charged with drug trafficking and risk from 6 to 10 years if convicted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Police: Nigerian Black Axe established in Stockholm

Source: https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=7313125

Police say a violent Nigerian sex and drug trafficking gang called Black Axe has established itself in Sweden’s capital of Stockholm.

 

Police drugs expert, Lennart Karlsson, tells Swedish Radio how migrants from West African countries are attracted to Sweden with the promise of jobs – jobs that he says do not exist. Instead, Black Axe moves in and leads the victims into crime.

 

‘Black Axe’: Reports of African Drug Mafia Taking Over Sweden

Neo Black Movement members arrested in Sweden recently

“Judging by the number of detainees and the extent of the investigation, this is by far one of the largest cases the Customs have ever had”

 

Source: https://sputniknews.com/europe/201907231076330019-black-axe-reports-of-african-drug-mafia-taking-over-sweden/

The Nigerian-based organised crime group Black Axe reportedly challenged the notorious Cosa Nostra on Mafia’s very home ground, Sicily.

Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, has been reported as the likely springboard for the African mafia group known as Black Axe. The criminal organisation, which has roots in Nigeria, is now spreading across Scandinavia’s largest country.

At present, several people reported to belong to the feared mafia group are in custody in Gothenburg over “large-scale heroin and cocaine smuggling”, the newspaper Göteborgs-Posten reported.

The first arrests reportedly took place in September 2018. Since then the investigation has snowballed to involve at least 17 detainees. Most of them come from Nigeria, while some hail from the Gambia, Sierra Leone and the Netherlands. All of them are suspected of being part of a large smuggling scheme. Since some of the gang members now reside in Gothenburg, the Swedish authorities suspect that the mafia group may have plans to take root in the city more permanently.

“It is about huge amounts of drugs in different places in Europe”, prosecutor Anna Svedin at the national unit against international and organised crime told Göteborgs-Posten.

According to her, a total of 20 people are expected to be prosecuted.

“Judging by the number of detainees and the extent of the investigation, this is by far one of the largest cases the Customs have ever had”, Gill Eriksson, the deputy head at the Customs Criminal Investigation Unit in Gothenburg, said.

According to Eriksson, drugs are smuggled using capsules swallowed by mules. The main transit routes involve the Öresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, as well as ferry lines from Germany between Kiel and Gothenburg, and Travemünde and Malmö.

Black Axe reportedly challenged the very Cosa Nostra on the Mafia’s home ground, Sicily, only to later launch a lucrative cooperation. Its organisation is heavily hierarchical and military-based.

“Our view is that we are dealing with well-organised activity conducted for profit, more or less in the form of a company. Much of the investigation material indicates that some of our suspects belong to the Black Axe,” Anna Svedin said.

This weekend, one of Sweden’s largest newspapers, Aftonbladetpublished an article where locals describe Gothenburg as a horrible place in a state of “decay” and “disrepair”, rife with drugs. Last week alone, two young men were stabbed to death in the city, making national headlines and spurring a heated debate.

In the article, locals described Gothenburg as a highly unsafe place, where drugs are sold openly in the street, residents carry weapons, and robberies are becoming commonplace, to a point where residents avoid the city centre after darkness.

“I’m more scared now. At some point it’s my or my relatives’ turn to get hurt. Robbed or raped,” a 34-year-old woman told the newspaper.

With a population of 570,000 people and about a million in its metropolitan area, Gothenburg is Sweden’s second-largest city, home to Scandinavia’s largest port. A quarter of its population is of non-Swedish descent.