Head of criminal group gets long jail sentence
The first-tier Tartu county court on Thursday found 11 persons guilty of a variety of criminal offenses, including the forming of and belonging to a criminal organization and unlawful handling of narcotic substances.
Estonia leads Baltics in drug use - survey
Use of banned substances is considerably more widespread in Estonia than in Latvia and Lithuania, and above the EU average when it comes to cannabis, amphetamines and ecstasy, it appears from the European Drug Report.
Drug dealers do a fabulous fumble
With whopping-for-Estonia of 200 litres of GBL the «party drug» basis involved, one might think this was the perfect crime perhaps only foiled by a traitor or an unfortunate slight slip.
15.04.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Last wish of Varvara's slayer: don't call ambulance
The only encounter by police investigators in Tallinn with probable slayer of Varvara Ivanova was limited to formal questions. At the moment, none of the investigators was suspecting that the young man outwardly ordinary, as well as living with a woman, could be the target of an investigation of utmost importance.
05.04.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Ossinovski to tackle drugs policy
Towards the end of last year, debate heated up in Estonia regarding altering the foundations of drugs policy. Going by that, Soc Dems chairman and health minister Jevgeni Ossinovski said he would tackle the issue. Reasons for that abound: though deaths thru overdose are down more than twice these past years, with 84 cases Estonia still ranked at international «top» in 2015.
04.04.2016, Joosep VärkPM
How to seize a tonne of drugs
A few days ago our public was witness to scenes as from an action movie – in private clothing, policemen stop a car in Järvevana Road, Tallinn and pull out the driver. In the other video, Spanish authorities raid a house in Alicante and, finding a man half naked, have him bite the dust.
29.03.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Dead drug dealer caught alive in Russia
«How can you be here, if you are dead?» Harju county judge Märt Toming asked the accused drug dealer Sergei Grigorjev (44) in court on Friday morning.
14.03.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Every third offender a drug addict
A study conducted among offenders revealed that about third of them are struggling with drug addiction. Though Estonia features options for treatment and rehabilitation, effectiveness of measures applied has actually not been assessed.
09.03.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
The dark side of the tough guys
The much-noticed Soldiers of Odin Estonia Facebook group features a minimum of 182 people of criminal background with at least 374 crimes under their belt. The figure may be higher but these are what Postimees was able to confirm.
08.03.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Methadone – best option for poor Estonia
Methadone might be the only thing drug addicts and policemen agree about – both are critical regarding the distribution of it to addicts. As psychiatrist says it's not the substance that is a problem, rather its African style handouts.
03.03.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
Finnish court metes out long prison sentences to gang of Estonian drug criminals
A court in Espoo, southern Finland on Tuesday sent five Estonians to prison for a long time for severe drug-related crimes and other offenses, and one Estonian was jailed for helping them.
Kids do drugs at party, GHB talk unconfirmed
As established by police, drugs were used at birthday party of girl aged 16 in Raplamaa on Friday. Talk of «date rape» poured in glasses of girls was not confirmed.
18.02.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: children playing
Some two dozen minors got caught in a Rapla County birthday party by police, drunk. Turned out afterwards, drugs were involved. As one developed alcohol poisoning, they hauled her to the highway side so arrival of ambulance would not spoil the fun. The kids were taken to police station to be fetched by parents.
Tens of thousands ampoules of unknown substances for gyms
In gyms of Estonia, they lead a double life. On the one hand, men and women are all about pumping up their muscles. On the other, there's pills for beginners and injections for the experienced. At that, the substances are mostly quite unknown.
09.02.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Dealer swollows fentanyl as arrested. Stomach cut open
Under very eyes of police, a dealer swallowed large amount of fentanyl. To save his life, stomach had to be cut open in hospital and plastic bag with drugs removed.
08.02.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
70 people operating as professional thieves in Tallinn
Northern prefect Kristian Jaani and criminal police chief Urmet Tambre cover nuances of last year's crime and Estonia-related human trafficking.
04.02.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Drug users to be warned by police SMS
The so-called weekend drug users will be getting warnings from police as text messages aimed at avoiding major problems and calling people to order.
08.01.2016, Andres Einmann
Üks suvaline film muusikatööstusest
«Tapa oma sõbrad» (originaalis «Kill Your Friends») on film muusikatööstusest. Sellest, kuidas muusikatööstuses asjad käivad. Selle peategelaseks on plaadifirma talendikütt Steven Stelfox (Nicholas Hoult), kes on küll küüniline ja ambitsioonikas, kuid kellel töös ikkagi väga hästi ei lähe – ta ei suuda talente leida, need libisevad tal käest.
15.11.2015, Janar AlaPM
Police plagued by cooked up complaints
11:30 pm, on September 8th. The place is Rahumäe Police Station, Tallinn. Daniil, a gymnasium student sits there with his mother, telling investigator-on-duty the terrifying tale of how two hours before he was attacked by two unknown crooks, in Lasnamäe, who hit him over the hear with a club, and robbed personal items: a Pepe Jeans coat, Puma footwear, Calvin Klein bag with Armani purse etc.
13.11.2015, Risto BerendsonLim
Сравните: школьники из Таллинна повторили скандальный клип на песню «Drank & Drugs»
Ученики Кадриоргской немецкой гимназии активно снимают каверы на популярные клипы и публикуют их на своем канале YouTube.
Vaata ja võrdle: Tallinna õpilased kaverdasid pöörase «Drank & Drugs» video
Tallinna Kadrioru Saksa Gümnaasiumi tegusad õpilased tegelevad aktiivselt erinevate videode kaverdamisega. Seekord võeti käsile Lil Kleine & Ronnie Flex'i muusikavideo loole «Drank & Drugs»
The chips stall guy and his cocaine biz
Not limited to selling fish and chips in Baltic Railway Station, Tallinn, Andrei Izotov was in cocaine business landing him behind bars for eight years along with confiscation of personal assets.
07.10.2015, Risto BerensonPM
Russian prisons hold eight Estonians
At the start of this summer, at least eight Estonian citizens convicted for crimes committed in Russia were jailed in Russian prisons.
18.08.2015, Jaanus PriisaluPM
Estonia – the leading drug death land
In Lisbon, Portugal yesterday, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) disclosed its European drug report revealing Estonia still sadly leading the way as «state where largest numbers of people die due to drug overdose».
05.06.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Thugs try robbing police of €80,000
What a flop: criminals decide to rob the €80,000 offered them for a drug deal, unaware it was a trap set by police.
08.04.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Theft of drug money ends in disability
Court hearing commences regarding cruel beating known by dramatic arrest on Virtsu-Kuivastu ferryboat last October.
05.02.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Greed lands drug dealer in jail
Not long ago, prison doors closed upon drug dealer Ilja Tsihhon (32). His is a story of how, despite the many signs of danger, a greedy crook still stepped into the trap set by police, and how €5,000 of police special operations money were lost.
03.12.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
Human experiments with unknown substances
Since September, nine youth in Rakvere have been hospitalised having smoked the so-called synthetic cannabis aka spice. By now, Estonian Forensic Science Institute (EKEI) has established the psychoactive substance.
26.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Youth in Rakvere ravaged with drugs
Since September, Rakvere has seen nine young people hospitalised – probably by smoking synthetic cannabis aka spice.
20.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Drugs by post
A list lays spread on the drug department investigators table at Tax and Customs Board, featuring names of hundred-some young people. Law-abiding young people, or so it seems. Little do they know that ere the year is over, criminal cases will knock on their doors – for ordering drugs to their homes over the Internet.
25.06.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
In Valga, over 100 kg of hash hidden in VW
Saturday night, Tax and Customs Board staff discovered, in a Volkswagen Passat stopped for a check, over a hundred kilograms of substance suspected to be hashish.
Editorial: popularity pops a problem
Risk behaviour study ordered by Police and Border Guard Board highlights a few issues regarding touch-points between school kids and drugs, and what affects their attitudes.
Third of 12th graders on drugs
According to study ordered by Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB), every last-grader in Estonian gymnasiums has taken drugs – cannabis, mostly.
04.06.2014, Marian MänniPM
Pills peddled containing hazardous residues
Central Criminal Police says pills are being passed around in Estonia, resembling the narcotic substance known as ecstasy yet containing extremely dangerous residual products from chemical industry. The pills, red or blue in colour and appearing exactly like ecstasy, have surfaced in several places around Estonia.
Drug mules «hired to carry gold»
Estonian ladies under preliminary investigation suspected in drug crime may only be transferred to homeland after three years in local jail.
23.10.2013, Heidi OjamaaPM
Specialist: offers to carry drugs abound
For Sirle Blumberg, specialist at ASBL Living for Tomorrow involved in helping victims of human trafficking, the recent arrest in Peru of two young Estonian ladies carrying drugs is no surprise, as offers for such jobs are abundant in our country.
11.10.2013, Teelemari LoonetPM
Editorial: exploitation, not a «good gig»
Yearly, dozens of Estonians get caught «drug muling», lion’s share in Latin-America. In 2013, about ten such offenders have gotten themselves caught in the region, 37 sitting behind bars. For drug trafficking, mainly. Hence the question: are the means to prevent crimes like that wise enough?
From party high to Peruvian prison
If convicted, two female drug mules from Estonia face 7 to 15 years in tough jails of Peru.
07.10.2013, Tuuli KochPM
Two defendants in footballers' drug case make deal with prosecution
Two defendants in the Estonian football players' drug trafficking case have made deals with the prosecution, it turned out at the opening hearing at Harju County Court on Monday.
Several drug users identified among new conscripts
Officers of the South prefecture of the Estonian police decided at the beginning of July to check new conscripts and found among them several who had used narcotics.
Estonian citizen caught with 210 kg khat narcotics
The Norwegian police have arrested an Estonian citizen whose car's luggage compartment unveiled at least 210 kilograms of narcotic khat branches, the news agency NTB reports.
Editorial: fighting drugs off to a brisk start (again)
Broadly speaking, drug use reduction programme 2013-2016, unveiled yesterday by Ministry of the Interior, is worthy of support. Still, to claim it begins in 2013 does sound like slight exaggeration, as half of the year is gone – and the programme still in draft shape. As the previous programme wound up last year, the question now arises: whence the delay?
Drug prevention proposals sought
Government is preparing drug prevention programme to reduce use.
23.07.2013, Kertu KulaPM
Court to have another preliminary hearing in footballers' case
Estonia's Harju County Court is to hold another preliminary hearing in the footballers' cocaine trafficking criminal case in August before the main hearings start in September.
Cheaper drugs not always available at pharmacies
To improve availability of cheaper medicaments, State Agency for Medicines (SAM) focussed, during the first half of 2013, on options to purchase medicaments at reference price or less in Estonian pharmacies. Availability of sub-reference and agreed price medicaments was checked at nearly 100 pharmacies, a quarter of which lacked one or numerous such medicines.
12.07.2013, Maarja HindoallaPM
Finnish court slaps long jail terms on several Estonians in biker clubs-related drug case
The Helsinki district court has meted out long jail sentences to 15 men including several Estonians in a drug case connected with the Cannonball biker club, Finnish news agency STT reports.
Estonia has highest number of drug deaths in Europe - report
Estonia has the highest percentage of deaths in Europe the primary cause of which is a narcotic substance and the ratio of such deaths in Estonia is almost double the figure for the country in second place, Norway, it appears from the European Drug Report 2013.
Latvian customs nab two Estonians with large haul of drugs
Latvian customs officials detained last week at the country's border with Lithuania an Estonia-registered passenger car with a stash of narcotic substances with a street value of around 550,000 euros.