A pizzeria owner once jailed for his part in Switzerland's "heist of the century" is facing a new brush with justice after he delivered cocaine in a pizza box to an undercover policeman.

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Cop orders pizza, gets cocaine

A pizzeria owner once jailed for his part in Switzerland's "heist of the century" is facing a new brush with justice after he delivered cocaine in a pizza box to an undercover policeman.

Cop orders pizza, gets cocaine
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State prosecutor Roland Wolter has accused the Italian pizzeria boss,  Giuseppe V., of dealing 100 grams of cocaine to a guest called “Fabrizio”, Blick newspaper reports.

The fresh allegations come 14 years after the accused was part of a gang that looted 53.1 million francs ($60 million) from a Zurich post office

Giuseppe V.’s shady drug dealings were exposed by an undercover police officer masquerading as a German brothel owner who would arrive at the pizzeria in flashy yellow Porsche convertible.

“Fabrizio turned up in my pizzeria almost every day. He abused my friendship,“ the restaurant owner complained to Blick newspaper. “I only wanted to do him a favour with the cocaine, but of course this was a stupid mistake.“ 

Giuseppe V.’s cover was blown after after the undercover agent told a waiter that he had been offered cocaine by an Albanian contact. The waiter told Fabrizio he would be better advised to bring his custom to him and his boss. On his next visit, Giuseppe V. offered Fabrizio 100 grams of cocaine before handing over the drugs in a pizza box. 

The suspect was then held on remand for three and a half months after a police investigation revealed that that he had sold 100-gram quantities of cocaine to at least ten other people. 

If convicted, Giussepe V. will likely be sentenced to a year in prison and will be required to pay 5,000 francs ($5,655), a sum equivalent to the profit from his drug deals, to the Swiss federal treasury.

“My client is basically guilty,“ said lawyer Valentin Landmann. “He realised it is better for him to be a good cook and pizza baker than an unsuccessful criminal.“

Fourteen years ago a gang of seven men, five robbers and two accomplices, led by boss Elias A. held up a Zurich Fraumünster post office worker before making off with 53.1 million francs in a Fiat Fiorino.

Giuseppe V. served three years and nine months in prison for his part in the crime even though he was not at the scene of the robbery. 27.5 million francs ($31 million) of the total amount stolen has never been recovered.

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DRUGS

Swiss ‘some of Europe’s biggest cokeheads’

An international team of scientists has found that Swiss cities have among the highest consumption of cocaine in Europe.

The team, which included researchers and scientists from Eawag, Switzerland’s aquatic research institute, examined the sewage from about 15 million people across 19 cities in Europe.

Researchers measured the concentrations of various substances in the waste across a one-week period. Christoph Ort, from Eawag’s Department of Water Management helped design the study to ensure that data from each city could be effectively compared.

Antwerp and Amsterdam were found to be at the top of the 19 cities, with approximately 1.5 grams per 1,000 people per day. These figures compare with the results obtained last year from a joint study between Eawag and the University of Bern, who investigated the concentrations in the sewage from Bern, Zurich, Geneva and Lucerne.

“The amounts of cocaine in the waste were in the same range as those European cities with the highest consumption," Ort said in a press release.

The study also found that during music events such as the forthcoming street parade, consumption was between two and four times higher than on a normal day.

The Swiss results were obtained over a shorter period of time so researchers hope now to broaden the project across a longer stretch and to include other Swiss cities including Basel and St. Gallen, as well as other European and American cities.

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