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Drugs and aggravated weapons offences: Seven men charged after major investigation

Several weapons, thousands of tablets and other drugs have been found at various addresses in Kristianstad. Seven men have now been charged with various drug and aggravated weapons offences.
This is the gun that the 18-year-old had in his pocket when the police stopped the taxi he was travelling in. The 18-year-old has been convicted of the crime. Three men have now been charged for planning the transport of weapons in Växjö.
This is the gun that the 18-year-old had in his pocket when the police stopped the taxi he was travelling in. The 18-year-old has been convicted of the crime. Three men have now been charged for planning the transport of weapons in Växjö.
Foto: Polisen

The police investigation is very extensive.

An 18-year-old Kristianstad resident was carrying a loaded revolver with five rounds when he was arrested in a taxi in Växjö in early March. Växjö District Court convicted him of an aggravated weapons offence and sentenced him to a little over a year in prison.

In a basement in Kristianstad, the police found a total of 1,955 tablets of tapentadol, a strong painkiller that is classified as an opioid.
In a basement in Kristianstad, the police found a total of 1,955 tablets of tapentadol, a strong painkiller that is classified as an opioid.
Foto: Polisen

Three men have now been charged for planning the transport of weapons between Kristianstad and Växjö together. Among other things, they have booked the 18-year-old's train and taxi journeys. The prosecutor claims to be able to prove this through intercepted telephone conversations, among other things.

But there are many more suspected crimes in the large police investigation. A total of seven men aged18 to 28 have been charged in Kristianstad District Court. All live or have lived in Kristianstad. They are previously known to the police.

A sawed-off shotgun was found in a closet during a house search in June. Three of the men are suspected of possessing the weapon together.
A sawed-off shotgun was found in a closet during a house search in June. Three of the men are suspected of possessing the weapon together.
Foto: Polisen

The suspicions concern several cases of drug offences and aggravated weapons offences from October 2019 until June this year.

In one of the men's apartments, a pistol, with magazines and rounds, was found hidden in a ventilation pipe in the bathroom.
In one of the men's apartments, a pistol, with magazines and rounds, was found hidden in a ventilation pipe in the bathroom.
Foto: Polisen

The police have made several different arrests and carried out house searches at addresses in Kristianstad in particular, but also in Växjö. The police have seized a sawed-off shotgun, a pistol and several cartridges.

Police have also found a total of about 200 grams of cannabis, over 2,000 drug-classified tablets and about 27 grams of cocaine. Several of the accused are suspected of selling drugs.

The police investigation is several thousand pages long. Among the evidence seized, the recorded telephone conversations, surveillance footage from the police, fingerprints, questioning witnesses and messages about various drug deals.

The accused men have admitted certain crimes, but deny most of the acts.

Facts

This is what the men have been charged for

19-year-old man: Aggravated weapons offence, aiding and abetting aggravated weapons offences, three counts of drug offences of the normal grade and one count of minor drug offences.
20-year-old man: Aggravated weapons offence and aiding and abetting an aggravated weapons offence.
25-year-old man: Aggravated weapons offence, aiding and abetting an aggravated weapons offence, two counts of drug offences and violations of the Offensive Weapons Act.
19-year-old man: Drug offences. Was previously convicted of the aggravated weapons offence that three of the co-defendants are now suspected of aiding and abetting.
28-year-old man: Aggravated weapons offence.
21-year-old man: Drug offences.
18-year-old man: Drug offences.