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Couple charged with drug smuggling

A couple from Lithuania, operating from a rural home in the small community of Våler southeast of Oslo, have been indicted for organized smuggling of metamphetamines into Norway. Police claim it’s the largest metamphetamine smuggling case in Norwegian history.

Newspaper Aftenposten reports the 25-year-old woman and 33-year-man rented the house in Våler in Østfold County and used it as a base for their operations, which involved a large network of Lithuanian, Latvian and Norwegian men and women.

The couple allegedly supervised the smuggling of an estimated 250 kilos of metamphetamines into Norway, and its distribution within Norway.

Latvian couriers are believed to have trucked the drugs into Norway in quantities of around 20 kilos. A 44-year-old Lithuanian man allegedly took delivery of the drugs while a 47-year-old Norwegian man living in Moss is charged with having bought around 100 kilos of the drugs from the couple for NOK 4.5 million.

Another Norwegian man, aged 22, allegedly bought 80 kilos of the metamphetamines. Police have also charged a 28-year-old Norwegian woman living in Askim with helping to store proceeds from the drugs.

Their trial will begin in August.

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