Trial begins in biggest Swedish doping case
The trial against 23 people accused of smuggling, making, and selling illegal performance enhancement drugs has begun in Stockholm.
The Swedish Customs Agency is calling it the biggest doping network ever uncovered. They say the ring earned up to SEK 50 million since 2009.
Criminal Customs agents in Stockholm had surveillance on the network for two years. Finally in 2012, with the help of Canadian authorities, they managed to decipher encrypted emails and move in on the league.
Police seized evidence in six Swedish cities, uncovering over 11 million doses of illegal performance enhancing drugs and the equipment needed to produce the producst.
Sales of the drugs took place online. Authorities say the operation was extremely advanced and run like a company, with the top three individuals in the league making more than SEK 7.5 million.