By the time police had completed a major, coordinated drug raid on Thursday, 22 people were under arrest including 17 men and five women aged 17 to 65. The police swept down on more than 40 addresses in Oslo, mostly in the Kampen, Tøyen and Ensjø districts on the city’s east side.
Several of those arrested were tied to the same family that was subject to another raid carried out by police in Oslo’s Grønland district earlier this autumn. That anti-drug operation resulted in 18 people being charged with narcotics violations, three of them under the age of 18.
The police described the suspected drug ring as involved mostly in sales of hash. “You can call this ‘phase two’ of the police operation carried out on September 30,” Kåre Stølen of the Grønland police station in Oslo told newspaper Aftenposten.
He said the police seized both cash and drugs, mostly cannabis in the raids that began at 6am on Thursday. The raid was part of an ongoing police reaction to public complaints of open drug-dealing on the streets, in parks and metro stations at Tøyen, Ensjø and Helsfyr.