Woman finds acupuncture needles in lingonberry jam

A woman working at a treatment centre in southern Sweden made a grisly discovery this autumn when she sat down to eat her evening meal.

Woman finds acupuncture needles in lingonberry jam

On feeling something sharp in her mouth, the woman stopped eating her lingonberry jam and proceeded to remove a needle from her mouth, SVT reports.

The woman found around ten more used acupuncture needles on her plate after a further inspection of the jam served with the evening meal at the Henjahemmet treatment centre in Gislaved.

More needles were later found in the jam jar.

Staff at the centre filed an official complaint with the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) on Wednesday.

“We received a report yesterday but we are not following up on it. This is something for the police to investigate,” regional spokesman Arne Ågren told The Local.


Drug smugglers jailed for ‘record’ Swedish haul

A man was sentenced on Friday to ten years in prison after he was found to be the ringleader in a record drug bust in southern Sweden, with three of his accomplices also jailed.

Drug smugglers jailed for 'record' Swedish haul

The ringleader, a 41-year-old Swede, was convicted of aggravated drug smuggling after he brought 150 kilogrammes of amphetamine into Helsingborg, southern Sweden.

The haul had been taken by truck from Slovakia, and was seized by police in November last year.

Several of the convicted man’s accomplices were also sentenced, including the driver of the vehicle, who was sent to prison for six years, and another two men who were sentenced to six years and three years respectively.

The police were aware of the men’s activity for a long period of time, and performed a sting operation two days after the amphetamine crossed the Swedish border. The sting was part of a large scale operation involving both Europol and Slovakian police.

The drugs have an estimated street value of 30 million kronor ($4.5 million), and were part of what the Stockholm District Court believed to be a far-reaching international drug network.

The convicted ringleader told the court that he was only part of the operation as he had been threatened by other drug dealers, however the court did not believe his claims. The court pointed to telephone calls as evidence that the man was willingly part of the drug ring.

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