Germans landed with drugs on board

A local court ordered two German citizens to be held in custody on Wednesday for another four weeks. They were first arrested along with a third German on October 8, after landing at the Kjeller airport in Romerike in a small plane that had large quantities of hash, amphetamines and cocaine on board. One of […]

Concerns rise over border control

Alleged understaffing at Norway’s border patrol stations is raising concerns over border control. Members of Parliament, police and officers at the customs agency itself (Tolletaten) are sounding alarms. “I’m very worried,” Arve Sigmundstad of the Labour Party told news bureau NTB. He claims that customs agency employees have contacted him, since he represents the Østfold district […]

Customs halts smuggling band

A suspected band of smugglers, all driving cars from Poland, was foiled after a dramatic car chase through southeastern Norway during the holiday weekend. Five cars, all with false license plates, were eventually found loaded with alcoholic beverages. Customs agents at the border crossing in Svinesund sounded the alarm after the cars passed through their station without stopping for […]

Smugglers caught in record seizure

Police and customs agents in southeastern Norway managed to stop 14 specially built vehicles that were loaded with smuggled alcoholic beverages and tobacco on Sunday, but think others made it over the border and sped on into the country. The authorities were holding seven persons on Monday who were arrested in the seizure, which broke […]

Customs seeks more border patrol

Norwegian customs authorities, faced with a big increase in smuggling and other border crimes, want to expand a new automatic video surveillance system that’s led to an increase in seizures at border crossings in southeastern Norway. They think expansion and extension of the surveillance will give them a much better chance of cracking down on organized […]

Customs seizes a record haul

Customs officials made a record number of seizures last year involving drugs, alcohol and cigarettes that were smuggled into Norway. Smuggling remains an enormous challenge, though, and police worry that up to 15 tons of hashish alone still gets into the country every year. Official seizures amounted to around 100 a day, with a tenth […]