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Top Conservative arrested after drug raid

Conservative Party Member of Parliament Henning Warloe has been charged with the possession and use of narcotics following a raid on his home.

Top Conservative arrested after drug raid
Photo: Erlend Aas/Scanpix (File)

Warloe was arrested on Saturday, TV 2 reports.

Police found a small quantity of what they believe to be amphetamines after entering the politician’s parliament-owned apartment with the permission of the Stortinget’s security guards.

The arrest came as part of a sting operation in a major narcotics case, police said.

Six people have so far been arrested and held in connection with the case, newspaper Romerikes Blad reports.

The first arrests were made in January, when two Lithuanian nationals were apprehended with two kilos of amphetamines in a car.

When questioned by police, Warloe admitted using drugs at an earlier juncture but denied any involvement in the current case.

“He hadn’t been to the apartment for a while,” defence lawyer Erling O. Lyngtveit told TV 2.

“An acquaintance of his has had access to the apartment and he is of the opinion that this acquaintance should have to answer for this. He himself has no knowledge of that what was found by the police.”

The 50-year-old Warloe was previously councillor for finance, culture and trade in Bergen.

Until his arrest, he was deputy leader of the Hordaland branch of the Conservative Party (Høyre) and was a member of parliamentary committees on religious affairs, education and research.

Warloe has resigned from all party posts but retains his seat in parliament.

The politician’s 31-year-old acquaintance has been charged with serious drug offences but said Warloe had no knowledge of drugs being kept in his apartment, newspaper Dagbladet reports.

The 31-year-old suspect operated as a drugs courier, shuttling narcotics to Oslo buyers, the newspaper said.

A third Lithuanian, an Italian, and a 35-year-old Norwegian-Pakistani man have also been charged in the case.

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Norway politician charged for drugs and child abuse images

A former politician from Norway’s anti-immigration Progress Party has been charged with possession of illegal drugs and images of child abuse.

Norway politician charged for drugs and child abuse images
Police found 19 grams of MDMA. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix
The man, who is in his 40s, previously held positions in the party at both the national and local level, but stepped down after he was arrested in 2016. 
 
The politician’s defence lawyer Gunhild Lærum told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that she did not yet have a clear response from her client to the charge over the child abuse images. 
 
“We have not yet been able to look through this together,” she said. “He is slightly unsure if this is something he has downloaded consciously and willingly.” 
 
She said the identities of the children in the pictures were “completely unknown”. 
 
The man has been held in pre-trial detention for nearly two years, as police carried out a long-drawn out investigation after finding large quantities of drugs in his house in May 2016. 
 
“We are both pleased at least that something has finally happened in the case,“ Lærum said. 
 
When the police searched the man’s house in May 2016, they found 90 grams of amphetamine, 16 grams of cocaine, 19 grams of MDMA, 274 ml of GHB, 22 tablets containing clonazepam, four tablets containing diazepam, five tablets containing MDMA and two tablets containing mCPP. 
 
The man has already pleaded guilty to the drugs charges. 
 
“He has acknowledged that he had a problem and he is glad that it has been discovered and that he has managed to get over it. He has been helped for a long, long period now.” 
 
The case is scheduled to go to trial on September 4.