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26 Sep, 2018 15:48

Finnish Philadelphia Flyers star embroiled in cocaine ring scandal

Finnish Philadelphia Flyers star embroiled in cocaine ring scandal

Finnish international and Philadelphia Flyers player Jori Lehterä has been implicated in a drug-dealing scandal after Finnish police named him among the suspects in a cocaine ring case.

Lehterä was one of 23 suspects named in the case, and has reportedly been questioned by police in Finland in connection with the illegal cocaine trade.

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According to mtv.fi, police seized a two-kilo cocaine consignment in Tampere, southern Finland, which they believe was destined for sale in the region.

During a raid, officers also confiscated property, including gold and jewelry worth $765,000.

Police said that the drug trade scheme had been operating in Tampere since 2017, with the cocaine being distributed in public places, including restaurants.

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So far, no charges have been brought against the player, who has denied any involvement in the alleged scheme.

The 30-year-old currently plays for the Flyers after spending three seasons with the St. Louis Blues. He also spent four years in the Russian-based KHL competing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and Sibir Novosibirsk. The Finnish forward was a member of the 2014 Olympic team which claimed bronze in Sochi.