Large cache of beer and cigarette seized from 11 Polish smugglers on their way to Norway
Sunday, 03 February 2013
A large cache of contraband goods were seized by the Norwegian custom
officials in a joint force with the police in which some 11 Polish
smugglers were arrested.
On Saturday, the police and the custom official hit Svinesund,
the bridge separating the Swedish municipality of Strömstad
from the Norwegian municipality of Halden in the county of Østfold. On
seeing a large custom and polices force of about 20 officials, one of
the suspects attempted to escape by running towards the direction of
the E6 motorway. But he had no where to run and was soon caught.
When the rest were finally stopped, in their cars contained 10,600
litres of beer, about 900 litters of Spirit, and 118,000 packets of
cigarettes (See image on the right). This was considered one of the
biggest seizures the authorities had made within a very short time and
the goods are estimated to have evaded taxes and custom duties worth
some Nkr1.5 million, according to authorities. Image: Norwegian Custom ===>
In the pre-planned operations to check car driving from the Swedish
side of Europe into Norway with goods with the possible aim of evading
custom duties, 11 cars were stopped. Ten of them contained alcohol and
tobacco. The authorities feel that the smuggling ring is made up of an
organised gang that bring goods from Europe and evade customs duties.
The Smuggled goods will now be destroyed since no one can determine
Several attempts are made periodically to bring some types of good into
Norway which are either too expensive there or are scarce. Smugglers
can earn enormous amounts of money from such good if they succeed to
bring them in, as they these goes in most cases sell cheaper than in
official shops. One danger here is that in most cases these good
contain dangerous substances that could lead consumer to the hospital
of even long-term illnesses.
The culprits could face a face jail time.
By Scancomark.com Team
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