Flyers' Jori Lehtera Is Apparently One Of Many Suspects In A Finnish Cocaine Ring, And I Have A Question...
TheComeback- Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehtera is reportedly a suspect in a Finnish cocaine ring.
According to the Courier Post, the 30-year-old Lehtera is one of 23 total suspects. He has already been questioned by the police in Finland regarding his involvement in a case involving two kilos (roughly 4.5 pounds) of cocaine that started being spread/sold back in January.
Reports have stated that Lehtera’s cottage was raided by police this summer, though he wasn’t home at the time. The police have also seized roughly $762,000 worth of jewelry and valuables in connection to the case, but it hasn’t been confirmed whether any of those assets belonged to Lehtera.
Additional information hasn’t been released, but Lehtera has denied being involved in the case.
This news comes at a time where Lehtera is struggling to earn a regular role with the Flyers. After scoring just three goals and five assists in 62 games last season, the Flyers may bump Lehtera in favor of a younger option. It seems like he’s on the bubble as the Flyers prepare to make their final roster decisions.
I would love to just stop in, drop a line (pun mildly intended) about how those employed by a franchise as futile as that of the Flyers view it as more of a side gig to distributing the type of dust that'll deviate your septum, and draw a loose connection between an international cocaine ring and the narcotics-riddled, not-of-this-world nightmare fuel that they just named their mascot. Honestly, I would. Unfortunately, as a show of good faith towards a lousy player that stands next to no chance of helping a hopelessly hatable team win hockey games, I do have one question first....
Exactly how many suspects are you allowed to have before it serves as proof that you actually have no suspects at all? I know things might work a little differently in Finland, but if you herd someone into a police station to call into question whether or not they are a culprit and every seat is already filled by a potential coke lord then how are they, or anyone else, supposed to take your investigation seriously? I mean, Jori Lehtera is one of 23 suspects. That's not a Finnish cocaine ring, it's a goddamn Columbian crop circle. If you can point every single finger and toe at someone else who might be to blame for what you're being accused of and still have some scapegoats left over then, in my innocent opinion, you're more of a hard rock hopeful than an actual suspect.
If Jori Lehtera were an exciting young player with the skills to succeed in a top-6 then maybe, just maybe, I'd give Finnish police a larger margin of error in publicly besmirching an entire crowd of possible kingpins. Since he's just a lowly 4th line bender, however, I think it's a bit excessive to officially label him a suspect when there's still an entire roster's worth of people he could throw under the bus for approximately 4.5 pounds of quality nose candy that hopefully got cut inconspicuously enough so that he doesn't have to be.