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Brits accused in Sweden garlic smuggling racket

The Local
post 9.Jan.2013, 08:43 AM
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Location: Stockholm
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Sweden has issued an arrest warrant for two Britons suspected of smuggling millions of dollars' worth of garlic into Sweden from Norway.

The two men are believed to be behind a massive garlic smuggling operation whereby huge quantities of the popular seasoning were shipped from China to Norway and then brought over the Swedish border illicitly in order to avoid European Union import duties.

Prosecutors estimate the pair smuggled around €10 million ($13.1 million) worth of garlic into Sweden for distribution throughout the EU.

"We're talking about big money and a profitable operation," prosecutor Thomas Ahlstrand told the local Bohusläningen newspaper.

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JulieLou40
post 9.Jan.2013, 10:08 AM
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Location: Luleå
Joined: 19.Oct.2009

Why do you always talk about values in dollars on this site? This is not an American "newspaper", is it? So why not, I don't know, talk in the currency of the country we are in, like everyone else??
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EtoileBrilliant
post 9.Jan.2013, 10:34 AM
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Never mind the profit motive, all the poor Brits were trying to do was to import garlic without green shoots into Sweden.
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RobinHood
post 9.Jan.2013, 03:16 PM
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Sweden tolerates and enables its many citizen terrorists to roam the world raping, maiming and killing innocent men, women and children. The Danes, the Somalis, the Iraqis,and the Americans have got dozens of them banged up awaiting trial for all sorts of disgusting behavior; usually involving killing multiple civilians with a nail bomb outside a mosque, or an AK47 inside a Danish newspaper office.
But import something into Sweden without paying the right tax, and it's out with the international arrest warrants, and they're down on you like 100 tonnes of garlic.
Would it help if Sweden imagined its citizen terrorists to be garlic smugglers?
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kahunasails
post 9.Jan.2013, 03:42 PM
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Joined: 23.Mar.2012

The whole garlic smuggling thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Who thinks of this stuff?
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millionmileman
post 9.Jan.2013, 03:58 PM
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Joined: 28.May.2009

Last year Swedes were smuggling butter in Norway and now it's Brits smuggling Norwegian garlic into Sweden. All we need now is a French chef!
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Svensksmith
post 9.Jan.2013, 04:18 PM
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Joined: 28.Jul.2011

Next, they'll combine the two and smuggle garlic butter.
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Lowlin
post 9.Jan.2013, 05:02 PM
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Joined: 2.Jul.2012

The rise of the garlic mafia :-)
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JulieLou40
post 9.Jan.2013, 06:03 PM
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Location: Luleå
Joined: 19.Oct.2009

@ #6: Ha ha, love it!
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Eric1
post 9.Jan.2013, 06:24 PM
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Joined: 26.Apr.2012

These guys will get more time in prison than for murder or rape. Maybe not as much time has saying a bad word to a muslim but close.
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CPO Sharkey
post 10.Jan.2013, 07:14 AM
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You all can joke if you want, but I'd sure hate to be sent up the river on a garlic rap. The other inmates will single you out and you have to seperated in the "Clove-er Wing." Shunned even by prison society, you're now doing "favors" for a little garlic bread and the promise of escargot.
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skylarkpilot
post 11.Jan.2013, 03:46 PM
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Location: Falun
Joined: 15.May.2008

I bought some garlic at ICA last night, will there be an international arrest warrant issued for me ? I could have been handling bent garlic....
Maybe I should go into hiding, leave the fruit and veg section and stay in cheese and meats for a while !
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Cockney Rebel
post 11.Jan.2013, 05:12 PM
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Joined: 23.Feb.2012

Can you imagine what else pours over the Norway to Sweden border while all the attention is on the other direction for food and booze smuggling to feed those poor, starving, sober Noggies ?
It took some Brits to probably ruin some other lucrative schemes run for years by locals !
Wait till they find out about the illicit godis trade !
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dukesy
post 11.Jan.2013, 07:32 PM
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Joined: 19.Jan.2011

Hej All
It appears that someone in Sweden`s press is taking lessons from `our` press in
UK,at giving this sort of thing press coverage.
These idots smuggle of all things `garlic` from Norway into Sweden,depriving our
wonderfull EU of import revenue,at a time when the EU is trying to screw all of us our of our revenue....tuff luck!
But seriously,these guys get all this publicity for smuggling garlic...at least garlic dont kill people...unless you count seriously rotten breath as a danger.
What about spending the same time and money,be it $ or Kronor,on people smuggling drugs or other nasties over the borders. Catch them and nobody would mind spending money to stop that filthy trade.
Incidentally,I know the `Dollar` is an international currency, but,I still prefer to see our prices in Uk marked in `£`,or in your case `kronor`. I may be a Brit,but
I do understand the Swedish currency,and the fact that like us Brits...the Swedish nation has not bowed down to EU or German ideas just yet over currency or Sovereignty. Britain should remain in the EU,but as a Sovereign state in our own right,as i would hope Sweden will.
Tack sa mycket...vi sees senare
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JohnVal
post 30.Jan.2013, 11:36 AM
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Joined: 5.Jun.2012

According Van Helsing (a source at) the recently MadeUpStatisticsOrganisations.se, this smuggling operation explains why there are fewer vampires in Sweden while simultaneously Chinese vampire populations are rising... ;)
It's clearly a EU conspiracy to hold back the Chinese economy by preventing day shift work in Eastern factories...
Damn you Van Helsing *monocle falls from eye into tea* DAmnnn YOooouuu Sir...
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