On Thursday, Finland’s former drug czar, Jari Aarnio, was sentenced by a district court in Helsinki to a 10-year prison term on charges of smuggling nearly 800 kilograms of hashish into the country from the Netherlands.
Aarnio stepped down as head of Helsinki’s drug squad—the highest anti-narcotics post in the country—in 2013, when he was charged wth corruption in a case related to his interest in a company that sold surveillance equipment to his own force. The investigation in that case unleashed new revelations, ultimately leading to his indictment along with 12 other defendants in the hashish scheme. The ring is said to have brought in the 800 kilos (1,760 pounds) in barrels between 2011 and 2012.
The court ordered that Aarnio be taken into custody immediately, and he is now locked up in Helsinki’s Vantaa Prison.
The court had harsh words for Aarnio in its judgment, charging that he “obstructed the investigation into the import of hashish barrels in various ways,” and “unscrupulously abused his position” at the Helsinki Police Department, where he served for 30 years.
The Nordic countries generally have pretty conservative drug laws, and Finland’s are the harshest. Mere consumption of illicit drugs is punishable by up to six months’ imprisonment. If the offense is deemed to be “petty” (that is, concerning a small quantity for personal use), the penalty may be waived. But the law does not make any distinction between substances, with cannabis subject to the same penalties as heroin and cocaine.
You can keep up with all of HIGH TIMES’ news right here.
How To Come Down From a High
Wiz Khalifa Drops New 420 Freestyle
Everything You Need To Know About SoCal Cannabis Cup: Day 1
Chuck Schumer Announces Plans To Federally Decriminalize Marijuana
Celebrities2 weeks ago
9 Talk Show Hosts Who Smoke Weed
Culture1 week ago
9 Coolest Cannabis-Friendly Career Fields
Laws5 days ago
Marijuana Laws in Canada: Province by Province
Health2 weeks ago
5 Over-The-Counter Medications That Are More Dangerous Than Weed
Culture2 weeks ago
9 Activities To Socialize Your Smoke Sesh
Business1 week ago
These 6 Industries Don’t Want Hemp Legalized
Guides2 weeks ago
The Ultimate Guide to Cannabinoids in Cannabis
News2 weeks ago
Police Blame Rats For Missing 540 Kilos of Weed