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Police operation in Espoo, Helsinki yields major drug haul

Police reportedly seized a large cache of cocaine related to an intrusion and assault in Espoo.

Poliisiautoja Olympiaterminaalissa Helsingin Eteläsatamassa 16. joulukuuta.
Police swooped down on the Olympia Terminal at Helsinki's South Harbour on Monday evening. Image: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva

Police have launched an investigation into suspected aggravated drug offences following a major operation in Espoo and Helsinki. Police said on Tuesday that they have confiscated a large cache of drugs, reportedly cocaine, related to an attack in Espoo on Monday.

The Espoo incident kicked off a major operation that later continued at Helsinki’s South Harbour and resulted in the detention of several individuals attempting to leave the country. Police delayed the departure of Silja Line’s Serenade vessel for about 40 minutes while they conducted a search onboard as well as in the port area.

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Silja Linen risteilijä Serenaden lähtö viivästyi noin 40 minuuttia.
Departure of Silja Line's Serenade was delayed by over half an hour. Image: Jouni Immonen / Yle

Shortly after mid-day on Monday, police responded to a call concerning suspected intruders at a chemical warehouse at Karapellontie in Espoo. Police say that the suspected intruders were masked and appeared to be searching for something at the premises of Algol Chemicals, part of the Algol group of companies.

The firm supplies polymers as well as industrial and special chemicals used in industrial production to more than 100 different companies.

According to an account by daily Helsingin Sanomat, the suspected intruders attacked the driver of a trailer that was being unloaded after bringing in sealed containers from Vuosaari harbour in eastern Helsinki. The driver sustained light injuries and was taken for medical treatment. However the intruders fled the area.

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Police responded to reports of masked intruders at Karapellontie in Espoo. Image: Yle Uutisgrafiikka

Algol said that the intrusion was violent and was perpetrated by outsiders, and speculated that the suspects had targeted the contents of the trailer. Police do not suspect the firm of any wrongdoing.

On Tuesday police confirmed that the incident in Espoo was related to the drug cache that they later seized. On Monday night police held several suspects believed to have been involved in the Espoo attack at the Olympia Terminal at Helsinki's South Harbour. All of the suspects were said to be foreign nationals, reportedly from Sweden, Denmark and Albania.

On Tuesday police announced they had launched an investigation into suspected drug offences based on the detention of the men and the incident that took place in Espoo.

The National Bureau of Investigation and Finnish Customs’ anti-crime unit are cooperating on the investigation. Police said that they cannot disclose any further information about the case at this stage.

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