A drug trafficker caught with crystal meth and cocaine worth GBP 263,000 has been seized by police in Switzerland.
The 23-year-old suspect – a Dutch national who has not been named- was arrested with an accomplice at an apartment in Sion, Valais canton, with a 31-year-old Portuguese national in mid-November last year (2021).
Further inquiries revealed the pair had sold more than 1.5 kilogrammes (3.3 lbs) of cocaine, several hundred ecstasy pills and 25 grammes of crystal meth between May 2019 and November last year (2021).
They are said to have obtained the cocaine from suppliers from Geneva and Fribourg cantons, while importing the other drugs from Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.
During the raid, officers seized more than a kilogramme of MDMA, around 1,300 ecstasy pills, more than 200 grammes of cocaine and a kilogramme of crystal meth.
The substances were reportedly worth about CHF 300,000 (GBP 263,000) on the market.
Valais Canton Police said in a statement obtained by Newsflash on Wednesday, 30th November: “As part of that investigation, five dealers and approximately 10 customers were interviewed and reported for violations of the federal narcotics law.
“Some of them were also placed in custody.”
They added: “Fighting narcotics is one of the priority tasks of the Valais cantonal police. The clarification of the present case is proof of this.
“The dangerousness of the imported and confiscated drugs (crystal meth) leads to a strong dependence.”
Crystal meth, also known as ice, tina, or glass, is a highly addictive drug that boosts the release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine, leading to its increase in the brain.
It reportedly works by speeding up the activity of the central nervous system, which makes the user feel euphoric, powerful, and alert.