Denmark appears to be the main transit country for hash smuggled into Sweden
and Norway, according to Berlingske in a follow-up to Sunday night’s
incident in which one man died and two were injured when police stopped
three Norwegians attempting to smuggle hash to Norway.
“It is difficult to be precise, but my best bet is that 90 per cent of all
hash seized in Sweden comes through Denmark,” Swedish Customs Narcotics
experts Lars Hansson tells Berlingske.
Sweden expects 2012 to be a record year for hash seizures at around 1.2 tonnes
– about double the amount seized in 2010 and 2011 together.
Norway also appears to look south for the provenance of hash smuggled into the
“We know that a lot is smuggled from the Danish coast to many Norwegian
harbours in traffic that has been going on for many years,” Agder Police
District Organised Crime Chief Leif Vagle tells Berlingske.
It was the Norwegian police that tipped off the Danish police to the
likelihood of an operation to smuggle a consignment of hash from Aalbæk in
N. Jutland to Norway that resulted in Sunday night’s police raid.
A consignment of 250 kg. of hash was to be loaded onto a fast Norwegian
speedboat. In an exchange of fire that took place as three men tried to
escape, a 49-year-old Norwegian died, two others including a police officer
were wounded and a third Norwegian was arrested unscathed.
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