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Swedish woman arrested over drug-stuffed hairbrushes

A 22-year-old woman from Jönköping in central Sweden was arrested in Brazil at the weekend with more than two kilogrammes of cocaine in her luggage.

Swedish woman arrested over drug-stuffed hairbrushes
The drug-stuffed hairbrushes may have looked like these ones

The drugs were stuffed in hollow hairbrushes, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper, citing a report from the Brazilian newspaper Tribuna do Norte.

As the woman made her way through a security checkpoint at the airport in Natal in northern Brazil, authorities noticed she was carrying a number of hairbrushes in her bags.

Upon closer examination, the brushes were found to be hollowed out and filled with cocaine.

All told, authorities found 2.36 kilogrammes of the drug stuffed in 26 brushes and 31 hammers.

The woman claims that she didn’t know there were drugs in her bags.

A spokesperson with the Swedish foreign ministry confirmed that a Swedish woman in her twenties had been arrested in Brazil.

The 22-year-old Swede faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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Swedish citizens arrested in Spain on drugs charges

Two people from Sweden have been arrested in Barcelona on suspicion of serious drugs and weapons offences.

Swedish citizens arrested in Spain on drugs charges
File photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT

The pair were detained at the request of the Swedish police and have already been charged in absentia in the Scandinavian country.

Authorities in Sweden have been searching for the two suspects since the autumn of last year, news agency TT reports.

“We have been looking for them for a long time and they are suspected of belonging to a criminal network in northwestern Stockholm,” Mats Lindström of Stockholm Police said in a press statement.

“The Spanish police have assisted us in this work and they are now under arrest,” Lindström added.

The process for extradition of the two arrested individuals to Sweden has been initiated.

READ ALSO: Reported drug offences in Sweden increase in 2018

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