German Police Seize 50K LSD Tabs in Massive Bust

A large-scale and exhaustive international LSD trafficking operation led to the arrest of two suspected dealers and record-breaking drug seizures in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Not only did the operation result in a drug seizure that topped the charts for total number of drugs seized in a single bust in Rhineland-Palatinate, but it also broke Germany’s record for the total number of seized LSD tabs in any police operation in Germany. Law enforcement seized more than 49,500 tabs of LSD.

Despite the massive number of LSD seized during the operation, the two suspects now in custody only distributed the LSD. No production nor mention of production by law enforcement agencies and press releases. The investigation began after Swedish customs seized more than 350 kilograms of drugs that international authorities had tracked back to the same location or set of locations.

Coordinated by Europol and Eurojust, the investigation spanned United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. And focused centrally on Germany, of course. This investigation has involved several law enforcement agencies that had involvement at previous raids or key points during the year-long investigation. This arrest involved primarily the State Criminal Police of Rhineland-Palatinate, German Customs, and assorted joint task forces of narcotics investigators.

According to an announcement from the Rhineland-Palatinate State Criminal Police Office, the two suspects—a 33-year-old and his

33-year-old wife—had more than 640 kilograms of LSD (counting the weight of the blotter). “This is the largest seizure of LSD nationwide,” said LKA President Johannes Kunz. Combined with a raid earlier this year that connected to this June raid, this drug operation involved more seized LSD than many busts combined. A spokesperson from the Frankfurt Customs Detective Agency who had worked with Europol on the investigation said the drugs totalled roughly 10 million euros.

And a spokesperson for the Koblenz Prosecutor’s Office announced that this massive seizure of LSD was “only the middle” of German law enforcement’s investigation. Nevertheless, officials throughout Germany have thanked all agencies and officers involved in the historical drug bust. The Rhineland-Palatinate Interior Minister Roger Lewentz called the operation one of the most successful operations against drug crimes. Presumably in Germany.

Throughout the course of the investigation, 11 suspects landed in police custody for crimes connected to supplying drugs at such a large scale. Authorities seized nearly 50,000 ecstasy pills over the investigations course thus far. The Mainz Police have played a significant role in the case as well; they identified some of the gang’s shipping patterns that ultimately led to the recent arrests. And the investigation is ongoing.