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    Green politician Volker Beck was arrested by the police in early March in Berlin after he left an apartment of a drug dealer with 0.6 grams of crystal meth.

    According to German magazine Focus Online, he made a controversial statement directly after his arrest that could make his sentence even more severe.

    As reported by the magazine, Beck spontaneously told the investigators that the drug he carried in his bag was not for him, but for someone else. This statement is likely to make further prosecution for him even more severe, as after these words the politician might be viewed by the court as a drug dealer.

    The 55-year old politician is said to have acquired the drug in a Berlin apartment at Nollendorfplatz be a person to whom the police refers as P.

    According to investigators, P. was a flat dealer who has been financing his own addiction by selling drugs. The drug dealer however denied knowing Beck. "I have never seen him," he said.

    In 2004, P. was sentenced to five years in prison by the US authorities, after he dealt residents of New York crystal meth. According to his Facebook profile he came to Berlin afterwards, where he started his business again.

    As a result of the incident, Beck has given up all his posts. The politician had been a member of the Bundestag since 1994 and served as the Green Party Speaker for Legal Affairs from 2002 to 2013.


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