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Norwegian sentenced to five years in prison for cocaine smuggling in Colombia

Illustration.Cocaine.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

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A 43-year-old Norwegian man who confessed to smuggling 103 kilos of cocaine, has been sentenced to five years in prison in Colombia, writes Dagbladet.

The man was arrested in 2018 after Colombian police ran a large-scale campaign against a drug network in the tourist town of Cartagena last year, writes Dagbladet. The Norwegian was arrested along with 12 others and taken into custody.

As the trial went on, he admitted to smuggling 103 kilos of cocaine. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but parts of the sentence will be served with a tag, said the man’s Norwegian lawyer Kjell Myrland to the newspaper.

“He is happy and relieved,” the lawyer says of the judgment which is now passed.

The Norwegian traveled to Colombia in 2016 after being released from a sentence of drug conviction in Norway. There he established himself with several sailboats that offered tourist excursions. The prosecutor’s office said he was also shipping drugs to fast-moving boats. In the network, the Norwegian was nicknamed “Capo Noruego”, and seem to have had the role of financial controller and the person responsible for the distribution of the cocaine. At the busiest, the network would have earned up to NOK 100 million a month.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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