A Czech pensioner has received a 27-year jail term in Hong Kong for drug
smuggling. The man, who is 69 years old, was caught with three kilogrammes
of cocaine in his luggage. He said he was unaware of the substance, which
was apprehended on a flight from South America, and had received the
suitcase as a gift.
Czech Radio reported that the man speaks no foreign languages and is almost deaf.
The Czech foreign ministry says that a 21 year old Czech woman detained by
customs officials at Pakistan’s Lahore airport reportedly with nine kilos
of heroin in her possession is still being questioned by officials.
The Czech was detained at the airport on Wednesday with a court appearance scheduled to take place on Friday. A local Pakistani paper said that the Czech woman denied being responsible for the heroin found in her baggage.
She was originally set to travel to the United Arab Emirates.
A 42-year-old Czech citizen was sentenced to more than three years in
prison for drug trafficking in Germany.
During a routine road check, the police discovered nine kilos of drugs
inside the vehicle with a street value of 35,000 euros.
The man told the police that the drugs were to be sold in the Czech Republic and that his accomplices had acquired them in the Netherlands.
The Prague High Court has increased a previous six-year sentence for drug
dealer Vítězslav Meišner to 8.5 years behind bars. The ruling is
Police tracked the former poker player since 2015 and wiretapped his calls, finding he sold illicit drugs to numerous clients, among them a former national team footballer, who denied drug use and said the term “kokeš” he used in conversation referred not to cocaine but to a brand-name beer.
A Czech man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison in New Zealand for
attempting to smuggle 20 kilogrammes of methamphetamine to the country, the
local daily, The Stuff, reported on Tuesday.
The 42-year old Czech and his mother were arrested in May 2016 at the airport in Auckland where they arrived on a flight from Thailand. The drugs, with a street value of up to 20 million US dollars, were discovered in secret compartments in their luggage.
Charges against the mother were dropped after the investigation showed she had no knowledge of the drugs.
Cross-border trade in the Czech produced drug pervitin or methamphetamine
remains a problem in Germany. According to a recent report by the German
Federal Criminal Police Office, the uptake of pervitine is spreading mainly
in the southern and eastern part of Germany which border on the Czech
According to the German police, around five to ten tonnes of methamphetamine is produced in the Czech Republic each year. Last year, German police seized 62 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, which was five tonnes less than in the previous year.
Police from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland have cracked down on a
gang that produced vast quantities of the drug pervitin or crystal
Forty one people have been charged altogether, eight in the Czech Republic. The drug was produced in illegal home labs and sold in Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
650 police officers worked on the case for close to a year.
Around four fifths of Czechs regard drug use as a problem according to a survey carried out by the CVVM agency. Half of the respondents, however, regarded the responsible institutions are dealing with the question adequately. Two fifths also said they believed that treatment for addicts should be free. The survey was carried out in May. The latest figure of 82 percent regarding the issue as a problem is a slight fall on the 2015 figure when 88 percent said drug use was a serious issue.
Czechs spent a total of 196.4 billion crowns on betting in 2016, a 29 percent rise in the total spend compared with the previous year. Winnings paid out by betting companies came to 157.1 billion. That left around 40 billion crowns for the betting companies, around 10 billion crowns more than the previous year. Over the year there was an increase by around a third in the volume of bets made over the Internet.
Czech customs officers on Wednesday stopped a car at the Vietnamese Sapa market in Prague and found eight kilogrammes of pervitin, Czech Radio reported on Friday. The street value of the drug has been estimated at around five million crowns. The driver, who is a foreign national, was arrested and faces up to 12 years of prison.