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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Seven arrested in major heroin bust

Police in Oslo have seized 24 kilos of heroin and arrested seven persons, two of whom are suspected of being couriers in an organized drug-smuggling ring. All are now in prison after the biggest drug bust in Norway in nearly a decade.

“I can confirm a considerable seizure,” Einar Aas of the Oslo Police District told VG Nett on Tuesday afternoon. The street value of the heroin seized is estimated at NOK 8.4 million (USD 1.47 million).

Customs gets credit
Customs inspectors at the southern border crossing to Sweden at Svinesund were getting credit for the first portion of the bust, after stopping a German man last Wednesday who reportedly turned out to be a courier on his way to Norway with 10 kilos of heroin.

Civilian investigators from the Oslo Police division that probes organized crime in the capital arrested an Iranian and a Kosovo-Albanian at Skøyen in Oslo the same day. They’re believed to have been on the receiving end of the drugs that the German was carrying.

Police found four more kilos of heroin in connection with the arrests of the two men at Skøyen, on Oslo’s west side.

More seizures late last week
A few days later, at the end of last week, both police and customs inspectors in Oslo and Akershus seized 10 more kilos of heroin in the Bekkelaget neighbourhood of Oslo on the city’s east side. Three Albanians and another man believed to be a courier were arrested.

Police said the seizures, all believed to be part of the same drug smuggling ring, are the largest since 2004. The quantity seized amounts to around 120,000 doses.

“We’ve had good cooperation with customs officials,” Aas told VG Nett. “It’s the simplest and cheapest way to the goal when customs uncovers the cases and we follow up.”

Views and News from Norway/Nina Berglund

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