In the trial against a man from Leipzig who became known as a "nursery dealer" and four co-defendants, two of the men confessed.
The public prosecutor had accused both of helping to run an online shop through which, among other things, 16.5 kilograms of amphetamine and 2.5 kilograms of hashish were said to have been sold from April 2019. Before the Leipzig regional court, both men admitted that they had helped with the portioning and packaging of the narcotics. For this they received 1,500 euros in cash, and their rent was also taken over.
One of the two men said he knew the defendant who is accused of being responsible for the logistics of online trading. They met while playing sports, the defendant's defense attorney explained in court. Through him, his client also got to know the defendant, who became known as the "nursery dealer". Orders for the shop were placed using his name and address, the defendant said in a statement. Although he tolerated this, he did not initiate the orders himself.
Drugs sent in the mail
According to both confessions, the helpers were given laptops to process the orders. The other alleged helper said that after packing the drug orders, he put stamps on them and put them in different mailboxes. According to the prosecutor's office, more than 400 letters are said to have been sent.
The five men, aged between 24 and 42, are accused of being involved to varying degrees in the drug business via the freely accessible web shop. The "nursery dealer" had already been sentenced to seven years in prison in 2015 because he had set up a similar drug shop at the time. He had admitted to selling almost a ton of drugs procured via the dark web. He packed and shipped the goods from his childhood room in Leipzig. His story was the template for a film project by the streaming provider Netflix: the series "How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)", which now has three seasons.