Flyers forward Jori Lehterä has been named as a suspect in a cocaine ring in his home country of Finland, Finnish publication MTV.fi reported.
Lehterä, 30, is one of 23 people being investigated by Finnish police in a case where two kilos of cocaine was distributed starting in January 2017.
Seven of those suspects are currently in police custody.
Lehterä has denied being part of the ring, although his cottage was raided over the summer when he wasn’t there.
The Flyers released a statement saying they were aware of the investigation, but would have no further comment at this time.
Per GM Ron Hextall:
“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.”
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 26, 2018
Lehterä had three goals and eight points in 62 games last year for the Flyers. He’s battling for a roster spot after strong performances from Mikhail Vorobyev and Corban Knight.
He still has one year left on his contract and is scheduled to be paid $5 million this season.