Police confiscate more amphetamines

German authorities have seized nearly twice as many amphetamines over the last two years as they did in 2009, according to a report published Saturday.

Police confiscate more amphetamines
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According the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, last year authorities confiscated nearly three tons of the stimulant drug, compared to 1.5 tons seized in 2009.

Amphetamines, an illegal recreational drug, are commonly found in many medications used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

One side effect of amphetamine use is a loss of appetite, and the drugs have long been abused by some dieters.

Wolfgang Schmitz of the Cologne customs authority told the newspaper that the drugs are a “people’s plague.”

A special commission of customs investigators and police is currently investigating the largest amphetamine case in German criminal history, the paper said.

DAPD/The Local/mw

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

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Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.