Two Dutch men are facing the possibility of life in a Hungarian prison after being caught selling huge quantities of drugs at the Budapest music festival Sziget.
UPDATE 11:52am: Multiple sources are now reporting that one of the men involved is well-known Dutch sprinter Roelf B, who represented the Netherlands in the European Championships Under 23’s last month.
EARLIER: The Dutch are often praised for their innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, but this is maybe taking it too far. The two ‘businessmen,’ aged 21 and 22, hauled in at least a kilo of ecstasy pills, 451 pre-run joints, and 128 grams of marijuana, reports RTL Nieuws. Quite the party, indeed – and one they were willing to share judging by the price lists also found.
Guards reportedly clued in to the illicit business when they noticed a steady stream of customers heading in and out of the tent. It was like magic: in goes the money, outcome the small packages. Didn’t take Einstein to figure that one out.
It appears the men did their market research, heading to the incredibly popular music festival alongside half-a-million potential customers from 100 countries.
But now they face the possibility of life in prison, according to Hungarian law. Their Dutch lawyers attempted to have their clients released on bail, but due to the quantity of the drugs, it was denied.
The Netherlands may be liberal, and the Schengen area may be borderless, but we think these guys’ risk aversion strategy could use a little refining. Regardless, life in prison is maybe a little harsh so we’re hoping these young-guns learn their lesson in a much shorter way.
Clever business model or an incredibly stupid idea? Let us know what you think in the comments!
Feature Image: Sziget Music Festival from opethpainter on Flickr. CC 2.0.