Norwegian Customs seize 1,600 kg cannabis in 1H

OSLO: Norwegian customs agents have reported a three-fold increase in the amount of cannabis confiscated at the nation’s borders.

Through the first six months of 2016, the Directorate of Norwegian Customs has seized 1,600 kg of cannabis, while just 550 kg was seized in the first half of last year. The agency director general, Bjørn Røse, said the increase may indicate that cannabis use is on the rise both in Norway and elsewhere in Europe. “Cannabis use has remained stable in Norway for several years, but the new figures give cause for concern,” he said. Røse said that major seizures had been made in trailer transports, vans and campers.

“It’s mostly Europeans of different nationalities who are smugglers,” he said.  Most of the cannabis being smuggled into Norway comes from North Africa and has had a long journey through Europe before it reaches the Norwegian border, he added.  This year...

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