'Germany's oldest drug dealer' arrested at age 84

DDP/The Local
DDP/The Local - [email protected] • 7 Aug, 2009 Updated Fri 7 Aug 2009 16:39 CEST
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Police announced on Friday the arrest of an 84-year-old grandmother they believe to be the country’s oldest drug dealer. She was the senior member of a three-generation family heroin operation.


Operation Rente, or “Retirement,” had been monitoring the family’s movements since January. According to police, the woman’s 49-year-old son and 25-year-old grandson were dealing with her in Solingen. The two men face between five and 15 years in prison.

“The provided Solingen with Heroin, probably for decades,” a police spokesperson said.

Officers confiscated three kilogrammes of heroin worth €70,000, a small amount of cocaine and two firearms last Tuesday after witnessing a drug deal in Rotterdam. The suspects were apprehended on the A3 motorway near Langenfeld.

“None of them work,” the spokesperson said of the family. The 49-year-old was registered as having retired early.

Police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia were tipped off to the drug ring by another suspect during a criminal trial.

The octogenarian admitted to dealing heroin and was released from jail pending trial.



DDP/The Local 2009/08/07 16:39

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