Cocaine trade: up to nine years in prison after deal during criminal trial

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Cocaine trade: up to nine years in prison after deal during criminal trial

In a criminal case about large-scale cocaine trafficking against, among others, Gregory F. (49), the court of Amsterdam sentenced F. to nine years in prison. Two other men were each sentenced to four years in prison. The judgments take into account agreements made by the public prosecutor and the defense on the level of the sentences.

Costa Rica

The Criminal Intelligence Team (TCI) provided information that was used as a starting point for the “26Lyons” investigation. F. was mentioned as a person who, with several others, had been transporting cocaine from Costa Rica to the Netherlands ‘for years’.

Gregory F. is now convicted of four drug shipments in the period 2015 to 2020, with a total of almost 1,700 kilos of cocaine. He played an important managerial and organizing role, the court concludes. The two other men gave account to him. They are guilty of importing two large quantities of cocaine in 2015, a total of approximately 273 kilos. The group used PGP software to communicate with each other. These messages constituted an important part of the burden of proof.

Appropriate punishments

The Public Prosecution Service has made procedural agreements with the three men. In short, these entailed that the defense would not submit any requests for investigation or put forward any evidence, and that the public prosecutor would seek a prison sentence of nine years for the 49-year-old man and prison terms of four years for the other two men. Without agreements, the demand against F. could have come to 12 years in prison.

The advantage for all parties is that the length of the criminal process will be much shorter.

Such agreements between the defense and the Public Prosecution Service do not provide any certainty that the court will also agree. In some criminal cases, the court ignored the agreements and sentenced the suspects to higher sentences.

In this case, the court is of the opinion that the agreements lead to appropriate punishments.

See the verdict.

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