Drug dealer makes off with €100K of Austrian police cash

A drug dealer in Austria made off with over €100,000 of police money during an embarrassing undercover operation botch up in which officers failed to seize the suspect.

Drug dealer makes off with €100K of Austrian police cash
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The incident happened last December in Salzburg but is due to be heard in court next week as part of a drug dealing trial.

According to the Kurier newspaper, an undercover police officer had tried to lure drug dealers into a trap by offering to buy seven kilos of heroin from them for €102,000.

After meeting them at Salzburg Airport centre, one of the suspects said he wanted to check the money was real in the undercover officer’s car.

The operation took a turn for the worse, however, when the suspect suddenly grabbed the suitcase full of cash and made off with it. Despite police efforts to track him down, neither he nor the money has been seen since.

Meanwhile, his accomplice – a 26-year-old Albanian – waiting outside the car was seized by police at the airport centre and is in court next week facing charges relating to drug dealing and theft.

A police spokesperson told the Kurier that they did not want to comment on the case until the trial was complete. “It will only become clear whether there are disciplinary consequences after the trial,” she said.

Other undercover investigations into the narcotics trade in the region have been more successful.

In March this year Salzburg police were able to seize four men after tricking them into handing over ten kilograms of cocaine worth €400,000.

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‘Decomposing smell’: Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

Austria's police department said they were called to an apartment complex in Vienna after a person was concerned about a "smell of decomposition".

'Decomposing smell': Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

This week, the Viennese police department started a weekly ‘series’ of sharing interesting stories on their social media accounts

Calling the series ‘Misunderstanding Wednesday’ (Missverständnismittwoch), the very first post is about a call they received to an apartment complex after a concerned citizen complained to emergency services about a “smell of decomposition in the staircase”.

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The alleged corpse, it turns out, was just the neighbour’s smelly shoes which were left in the building corridor, in front of their apartment.

The police didn’t say when exactly the incident took place.

“When our colleagues are called because of the ‘smell of decomposition in the staircase’… and notice that the stunk is from the neighbour’s shoes which were left in front of the apartment door”, the official Twitter account of the Vienna police department reads.

‘When in doubt it is an emergency’

The authorities were light-hearted about the misunderstanding, even sharing a “meme-like” picture on their social media accounts, saying “some missions turn out to be different than initially assumed”.

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However, they reiterated that the misunderstandings should not deter people from calling 133, the emergency police number. They added that in case of emergencies and even if you are not sure, the authorities should be called and they will assist you.

“Note: in case of doubt, it is an emergency”, the Vienna police department says. “Never be afraid to dial the emergency number.”