Norway customs agents tout record drug bust
The Directorate of Norwegian Customs revealed on Wednesday that officials have pulled off the largest ever drug confiscation in the county of Hedmark.
Several hundred kilogrammes of hash and large amounts of marijuana, amphetamines and pills were found in a Swedish van that crossed into Norway at Kongsvinger on November 28.
It was two rented vehicles with Swedish licence plates that caused customs officials to react. The two vehicles crossed the border within two minutes of each other, arousing suspicion.
A customs patrol from Kongsvinger found the vehicles at Norsenga when the drivers of the two vehicles were pulled over and engaged in a conversation with the driver of a Norwegian vehicle, The Directorate of Norwegian Customs wrote in a press release.
When one of the vehicles was searched, agents found a total of 311 kilogrammes of various drugs.
“The people had a poor excuse for why they were in the area. We therefore searched the cardboard boxes that were in the back of the vehicle. It was discovered that the boxes contained large amounts of narcotics,” Kongsvinger customs agent Kjerst Bråthen told broadcaster NRK.
“We have never seen anything that big,” she added.
Four people were arrested and the case was transferred to the Oslo Police.
Confiscated hash. Photo: Tolldirektoratet
Confiscated pills. Photo: Tolldirektoratet
Confiscated marijuana. Photo: Tolldirektoratet