Record year for seizure of hashish in Norway

Record year for seizure of hashish in Norway
In 2016 the Norwegian Customs Administration made 3879 seizures of drugs, which, according to the agency, is close below the highest figure ever.

Daily about 17 seizures of drugs and pharmaceutical products, and partly also psychoactive substances with far greater potency than traditional drugs are seized, says the Customs Administration.

There are still many seizures of synthetically produced drug. The development is worrying, as this is a drug that is many times stronger than traditional drugs, according to the Customs Administration.

Cannabis seizures of 1,750 kg are among the largest amounts ever seized in a single year by customs. The largest single seizure was 639 kilograms of hashish, which customs officers found hidden in cardboard boxes and wooden crates when a 60 year old Spanish truck driver was selected for control at the Svinesund border post, coming across the border from Sweden.

According to police drug statistics, a total of 3.1 tonnes of hashish were seized in 2016, which is the largest amount ever in a single year. Police believe the increase could be due to the introduction of better production techniques in Europe, and the cultivation of plants with very high potency in Morocco.

- There is still a large pressure from drugs on the Norwegian border, and I'm concerned that the use of cannabis increases in Norway while it decreases in the rest of Europe, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Meanwhile, statistics show that Customs Administration's intelligence efforts, the use of technical aids as licence plate recognition and skilled officials, are helping to uncover significant amounts of drugs, says customs director, Eivind Kloster-Jensen.

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