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Five charged for heroin smuggling

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Five men were charged in Malmö on Friday for transporting 19 kilogrammes of heroin, half of which was confiscated in Serbia.

The heroin taken in Serbia was being transported to Sweden by automobile. The rest was found by police during a raid at a bus garage in Norrköping in central Sweden.

According to prosecutor Kristina Ehrenborg Staffas, most of the drug was headed for the Nordic market.

When the drug runner was arrested in Nis, Serbia on September 9th of last year, the two men behind the smuggling, a 26-year-old and a 34-year-old, immediately started planning for a new shipment to Sweden.

The heroin was sent via bus from a company owned by a 53-year-old man in Norrköping.

When the bus, which transported passengers between Sweden and the Balkans, arrived in Norrköping on November 16th last year, a special police task force from Malmö raided the bus garage, located in one of the city's industrial areas.

Two men were arrested, the bus owner's 27-year-old son and a 47-year-old man who was set to offload the shipment.

At the time, the 9.9 kilogramme shipment of heroin had been transferred to the 47-year-old's car for further transport to Norway.

“An arrest warrant has been issued for a man in Norway who is also suspected of being involved,” Ehrenborg Staffas told the TT news agency.

On the same day as the raid, the 26-year-old and 34-year-old who had arranged the shipment were arrested in Malmö.

About a month later, the 53-year-old bus company owner was also arrested.

All five have been in custody since the time of their arrests.

The action was spearheaded by police from Skåne county in southern Sweden and carried out in cooperation with the National Criminal Investigation Department (Rikskriminalpolisen) and the narcotics division of the Östergötland country police.

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