The Bernese cantonal police announced on Tuesday that they had concluded their investigation of several months into a vast trafficking of crystal meth discovered in 2019. Two men are in particular accused of having imported and sold more than 13 kilos of methamphetamine in Switzerland between 2017 and 2019, for a total value of millions of francs.
At the beginning of May 2019, a targeted action carried out in the cantons of Solothurn and Bern by the cantonal police of Bern and the federal police (FedPol) had made it possible to seize 3 kilos of crystal meth. During the searches, the investigators also found small quantities of other various hard drugs, several firearms with the corresponding ammunition, around 20,000 francs ($22,465) in cash and two illegal slot machines.
A total of sixteen people had been identified, arrested and reported for offenses against the law on narcotics. Seven of them have in the meantime been placed in pre-trial detention, the statement said.
The main defendant, 28, remains in detention, while his 37-year-old accomplice is already on early execution. In addition to the 3 kilos of crystal meth seized in May 2019, they are accused of having imported and sold more than 10 additional kilos of this drug in Switzerland between 2017 and 2019, for a total market value of millions of francs.
The other defendants were released. Under the influence of the main perpetrator, they are accused of having been involved in large-scale trafficking and of having performed various activities and roles there.
Police investigation revealed that the main defendant obtained crystal meth via the Darknet in North America and changed several hundred thousand francs of silver into bitcoins to fund the operations. The packages were then delivered to the canton of Solothurn and distributed from there.
Another transshipment point was in the Bernese Oberland. The drugs were temporarily stored there and were used in particular to supply the inhabitants of the canton of Bern, but also those of the cantons of Friborg, Neuchâtel, Solothurn and Vaud. The trafficking also included the sale of small quantities of Thai pills and marijuana.
The defendants will all have to answer in court for infringement of the law on drugs. In addition, federal gambling law violations, illegal stays under the Aliens and Integration Act, weapons law violations and a serious case of money laundering have occurred.