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Flyers´ Lehtera charged with narcotics offence in Finland

1 January 2019 15:41

Philadelphia Flyers center Jori Lehtera has been charged with a narcotics offence in his native Finland.

The 31-year-old is accused of buying eight grams of cocaine between June and July of 2018. He is also accused of attempting to buy another gram in May 2018.

"As I have maintained from the outset, these charges against me are false and I will clear my name," Lehtera said in a statement released by the Flyers on Monday.

"I will have no further comment on the matter until that time."

According to the Finnish newspaper Aamulehti, prosecutors are seeking a five-month sentence for Lehtera.

Police in Finland were reportedly investigating a suspected drug ring and used wiretapping services to investigate those involved.

During the process of their investigation, which resulted in 22 arrests, two of the suspects involved allegedly made contact with Lehtera's cell phone and were allegedly located near the center's cottage by Lake Nasijarvi.

Lehtera has one goal and two assists in 24 games for the Flyers this season. He has been a healthy scratch over the last six games and is a free agent at the end of the season.

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