Karalahti gets suspended sentence in Finland

Updated: March 20, 2008, 12:36 PM ET
Associated Press

HELSINKI, Finland -- A Finnish court gave former NHL player Jere Karalahti a 20-month suspended sentence Thursday for being an accessory in a drug smuggling operation.

The 32-year-old Karalahti was found guilty of helping finance the smuggling of amphetamines and cocaine from Estonia into Finland last year in a case involving 18 others. He was fined $16,000.

Prosecutors wanted a prison sentence of four to six years and said they will appeal, claiming Karalahti was directly involved in the smuggling operation.

Karalahti's lawyer, Jarkko Jaatela, said he also would appeal.

Karalahti left the NHL in 2002 after being suspended for six months for his third violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He played 121 games from 2000-02 for the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators.


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