Just the beginning for the Christiania drug verdicts

Tuesday ended chapter one of the immense Operation Nordlys

On Tuesday, seven people were sentenced by Copenhagen City Court to between two and seven years for their role in the cannabis trade in Christiania.

The trial, dubbed the ‘supplier case’, was just the first of many verdicts expected as part of the authorities’ so-called Operation Nordlys. A total of 85 people have been charged, which has given rise to a total of seven cases.

Organised crime now proven
The significance of Tuesday’s verdict is that the prosecution convinced the court that the cannabis trade in Christiania is organised. The defendants were convicted of acting in concert to deliver approximately 1.7 tonnes of cannabis to Christiania during the period from 1 December 2012 to 13 March 2014, the date of their arrest.

Henrik Bergqvist, the senior prosecutor, told Politiken he was satisfied with the verdict and the sentencing.

“It is close to what we alleged,” he said. “So the sentences that were handed down are quite satisfactory for us.”

The next verdict is expected at the beginning of February.





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