Prison sentence for smuggling GBL
The smuggler of a record-large amount of the drug gamma-Butyrolactone, or GBL, was sentenced by Helsinki District Court to two years in prison on Tuesday.
According to the court, the substance had been intended for sale as an intoxicant. The man himself said that he had ordered the drug with the intention of using it to develop a medicine against Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
Customs officers seized approximately 900 litres of the drug in April, with what prosecutors said was an estimated street value of half a million euros.
The court found defendant Ville Takio guilty of smuggling and of a pharmaceutical offence, as GBL, a prodrug for GHB or Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid, has not been officially classified as an illegal substance in Finland.
Eight other people got shorter prison sentences.
Takio is currently serving a prison sentence for a previous drug conviction.