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Drug-seizure record for Norwegian customs. First half of 2009 sees increase in attempted smuggling. Customs officers have made over 1,200 seizures of drugs so far this year, something which has set a new six-month record. “Pressure on Norway’s borders from drug-smuggling is still high. In the first half of this year, officers have confiscated large amounts of hash, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, and khat. In addition, more ecstasy has been seized in the first half of this year than ever before in a 6-month timeframe,” says Bjørn Røse, the director of customs and excise.Hash

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Drug-seizure record for Norwegian customs

Published on Thursday, 9th July, 2009 at 16:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 10th July 2009 at 13:58.

First half of 2009 sees increase in attempted smuggling.

Cannabis plant, Sherburne Nat. Wildlife
Cannabis plant, Sherburne Nat. Wildlife
Photo: US Fish + Wildlife Svc/Wikimedia Commons


Customs officers have made over 1,200 seizures of drugs so far this year, something which has set a new six-month record.

“Pressure on Norway’s borders from drug-smuggling is still high. In the first half of this year, officers have confiscated large amounts of hash, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, and khat. In addition, more ecstasy has been seized in the first half of this year than ever before in a 6-month timeframe,” says Bjørn Røse, the director of customs and excise.

Hash

Although figures recently released by customs show that both the number of seizures and the amounts are up, the increase has been most marked in the quantity of hash. 621 kilos have been confiscated so far in 2009 – more than for the whole of last year – and in February, 392 kilos were found in a Dutch-registered trailer in Oslo, making it the third largest seizure in Norway’s history.

Alcohol and tobacco

The number of sequestrations of ordinary and fortified wine, as well as tobacco products, are also higher than in comparison to the same period in 2008.

According to NRK, customs officers at Sola have seized higher amounts of these recently, with the number of fines issued to passengers attempting to take an extra bottle of two with them having increased by 40 percent.

Across the board

In addition, currency-smuggling has become more popular, both in to and out from Norway. In June, a man on his way to Serbia was caught at Sola with 946,000 kroner in his luggage.

And finally, as well as an increase in weapons, there has been a rise in imports of CITES-restricted goods (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). Customs attribute this to seizures of a particular type of slimming remedy containing extracts of the threatened Hoodia plant.



Published on Thursday, 9th July, 2009 at 16:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 10th July 2009 at 13:58.

This post has the following tags: customs, excise, norwegian, drug, alcohol, tobacco, gun, currency, smuggling, oslo, netherlands, lorry, increase.





  
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