ICELAND: POLICE AND CUSTOMS STRUGGLE WITH ORGANIZED CRIME

ICELAND: POLICE AND CUSTOMS STRUGGLE WITH ORGANIZED CRIME

Police and customs authorities need increased authority, personnel and capital to fight and uproot the sales and distribution of narcotics in Iceland, according to Jóhann R. Benediktsson, District Commissioner for the Keflavík airport. He believes that an organized crime ring from Lithuania has taken root in Iceland and is engaged in the import, distribution and manufacturing of amphetamine. This was reported by Morgunbladid online yesterday.

“We have not been able to uproot the sales and distribution system. We have not managed mass arrests of those who distribute the drugs. What is required for us to uproot this cancer is that we manage to infiltrate all aspects of these operations and I feel that in this there is much work to be done,” says Benediktsson.

When asked what he means by “added authority” Benediktsson says he would like police to be able to obtain warrants for wiretapping more quickly than is currently the case, and to have added technology and personnel to carry out surveillance of groups that are believed to be involved in organized crime.

So far this year, police and customs authorities have on three separate occasions apprehended Lithuanian citizens attempting to smuggle large quantities of amphetamine into the country.

Iceland Review Online 5 September 2006



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