Oslo police detain seven in asylum residence raid

Norwegian police raided a residence for asylum seekers on Tuesday, detaining seven people who are suspected of pushing drugs.

Oslo police detain seven in asylum residence raid
The Refstad transit residence for migrants. File photo: Tore Meek/Scanpix

"We believe that foreign criminals have abused the transit home to commit crimes," Oslo police spokesman Hans Halvorsen told the NTB news agency. 

"It's created a feeling of unease for the residents there." 

The police did not offer details of any potential drugs seized in the raid. A similar raid on the same facility two weeks ago led to the arrest of 35 men, and police confiscated 200 grammes of hashish, as well as a cocaine and marijuana, according to reports in the Dagbladet newspaper. 

The raid on Tuesday was a cooperation between the police and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (Utlendingsdirektoratet – UDI).

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