Report: Flyers’ Lehtera questioned by Finnish police for drug ring involvement

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Finnish news outlet reports that Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehtera was questioned by police in Finland about his involvement in a cocaine ring.

Lehtera has not been charged with anything and is reportedly one of 23 individuals being investigated regarding 2 kilos of the substance spreading in the Tampere region — where the 30-year-old NHL veteran spends his off-seasons — in Jan. 2017. He was not present when his cottage was raided over the summer.

Police reportedly have seized 650,000 euros worth of gold and jewerly in their investigation and seven people have been placed under arrest.

“We do not comment on this, because this is an unfinished process,” Lehtera’s attorney, Ari Nieminen, told

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall released this statement Wednesday afternoon:

“We have spoken with Jori Lehtera and the league office regarding the reports out of Finland, and will reserve any further comment on the matter at this time.”

Lehtera is in the final year of a three-year, $14.1 million deal he signed in 2015 while with the St. Louis Blues.

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