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Polish booze smugglers caught at Swedish border

AFP/The Local · 15 Nov 2010, 19:35

Published: 15 Nov 2010 19:35 GMT+01:00

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Customs agents stopped a suspicious truck coming from Sweden at the Svinesund border post, located around 50 kilometres southeast of Oslo.

The agents discovered 14,560 litres of alcohol, said Wenche Fredriksen, the head of border controls for Norwegian customs.

The liquid was almost pure alcohol, about 96 percent by volume, which would be used to make alcoholic drinks.

The smugglers stored it in 10-litre jerrycans underneath black tarpaulin sheets, Fredriksen said.

Customs agents were alerted when the Poland-registered lorry queued in the "red" line for vehicles with goods to declare, but attempted to leave without making a declaration.

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The two men, who are aged 38 and 39, are in police custody and face a heavy prison sentence, Fredriksen said.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:37 November 15, 2010 by Swedesmith
Sounds as if the two smugglers were sampling the merchandise.
23:30 November 15, 2010 by ilockitdown
lol, i wonder what they think is a "heavy" sentence
23:44 November 15, 2010 by pantheratigris

Prolly by heavy they meant a more severe punishment compared to raping or killing someone...
23:57 November 15, 2010 by Swedesmith
Yikes, looks like someone better start adding a spot of something to her prune juice.....ever hear of a sense of humor?
02:00 November 16, 2010 by blursd
I don't know what their problem is ... I effin' love Systembolaget and Vinmonopoliet (heavy sarcasm included).

I just "loved" having to trek five miles (each way) to buy a bottle of wine ...
09:11 November 16, 2010 by Rishonim
@ilockitdown. I second pantheratigris. Any attempt to drain wealth from the system will suffer they weight of the government as it will affect us all. This is according to the law. Kill or rape someone will only affect the victim and their immediate family members.. This is according to the law as well. Rape a 2 year old baby girl and torture her 6 year old brother and they perpetrator will get away with 18 months in jail. This is Sweden amigo.
17:10 November 16, 2010 by ajs42548
What, is this some kind of Polish joke?
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