Prosecutors are calling for stiff sentences in the country's biggest-ever drug smuggling case which began earlier Thursday at the Espoo District Court. The prosecution wants 13-year jail sentences for five of the accused and 12 years for two others.
Altogether more than 20 defendants are on trial for trafficking large amounts of amphetamines and ecstasy into Finland from the Netherlands.
The drug trafficking ring allegedly smuggled more than 14 kilograms of amphetamines and over 12,000 ecstasy pills into the country in a car.
The first trafficking attempt was intercepted in Poland. A second consignment did manage to make it into Finland, but police nabbed the would-be traffickers in Malminkartano in Helsinki.
The car they were driving contained more than 14 kilograms of powdered ecstasy and close to 10,000 pills. Police say both carloads of illegal substances had a street value of around 1.5 million euros.
The same group also attempted to send 100,000 tablets of the opiate dependency treatment drug Subutex to Finland via a courier company. However police intercepted and confiscated the shipment.
Finnish authorities were able to apprehend the suspects with the help of Dutch law enforcement officials.