Two people from Poland have been arrested and two others are on the run after Norwegian police visited a house in Røyken, eastern Norway.
What started as a routine questioning in connection with a possible drunk driving offence, however, soon brewed into something else after officers discovered the individuals were well over the limit.
In what is believed to be the district's largest haul ever, police confiscated 7,300 litres of beer, 480 litres of spirits, and 124,000 cigarettes. 80,000 kroner in cash and two vehicles were also impounded.
“I can’t remember if there has ever been a bigger seizure before, off hand,” says Police Superintendant Sigrid Lie to Drammens Tidende, “our theory is that the goods were obtained with aim of selling them on.”
Both men, one in his 20s and the other in his 40s, were indicted for customs violations and smuggling, and risk fines or imprisonment.
“They’ve been put into police custody in Drammen. One of them has been questioned, the other is to be interviewed tomorrow,” the Police Superintendant says.
The other two individuals, also believed to be Polish, have not been found yet, but police believe they know their identities.
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