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Over 200,000 MDMA Tablets Smuggled

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Over 200,000 MDMA Tablets Smuggled

Norræna ferry in Seyðisfjörður

The Norræna ferry. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Dutch couple, who smuggled narcotics into the country in September via the Norræna ferry from mainland Europe to East Iceland, brought 209,000 MDMA tablets and 10 kilos (22 lbs) of MDMA powder to Seyðisfjörður, RÚV reports. The information appears in a travel restriction order issued against the woman and confirmed by the Reykjavík District Court yesterday. If convicted, the couple could face a severe sentence.

This is the largest number of MDMA tablets ever confiscated in Iceland. Their value is estimated at ISK 627 million (USD 4.41 million, EUR 4.84 million), based on the price of each tablet being ISK 3,000 (USD 23, EUR 21). The MDMA powder could be worth ISK 50 million USD 386,000, EUR 352,000).

The narcotics, weighing 80 kilos (176 lbs), were hidden in food cans, two gas tanks and a spare tire in the RV the couple brought on the ferry.

The man has confessed being aware of the presence of the narcotics, but described himself as a mule. The woman, on the other hand, claimed she knew nothing of their presence. The report of Iceland’s State Prosecutor reveals her explanations are not believed to be credible.

The maximum sentence in Iceland for smuggling MDMA tablets or ecstasy is 12 years in prison. Thirteen years ago, Austrian Kurt Fellner received such a sentence, but it was reduced to nine years by the Supreme Court.

Earlier this year, a Dutch woman, Mirjam Foekje van Twuijver, was sentenced to eleven years in prison for attempting to smuggle 20 kilos of narcotics into the country. She has appealed the sentence to the Supreme Court.

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