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'Record bust' of hashish in southern Sweden

TT/The Local/cg · 7 Jul 2011, 14:26

Published: 07 Jul 2011 14:26 GMT+02:00

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"This is big, really big for Swedish standards. Calling it a 'record bust' wouldn't be wrong," said Lars Hansson, narcotics expert at the Swedish Customs Service (Tullverket), to news agency TT.

The largest amount of hashish seized in Sweden to date was made at Öresund Bridge, between Sweden and Denmark, in September 2009, when a truck bearing 500 kilogrammes of the drug was stopped.

The two separate confiscations the 43 year-old has now been convicted of, 87.5 kilos and 392.5 kilos, are in the same ballpark.

Lars Hansson explains that the uncommonly large amount of hashish, as well as the fact that the 43 year-old is considered to be the brain behind the smuggling ring, is most likely what resulted in the law's strictest punishment.

"If it's established that organised crime is behind the smuggling, consequences are usually more severe."

The man is convicted of aggravated drug offenses, and aggravated drug smuggling, and will also be deported from Sweden for life.

The value of the drugs is estimated to more than 30 million kronor ($4.7 million) on the street. Two couriers have previously been sentenced to ten and eight years in prison, respectively, for the smuggling.

Malmö district court, in southern Sweden, wrote on Thursday that the 43 year-old has taken part in "two runs of vast quantities of drugs". According to the court, he's been the facilitator at the heart of the operation, coordinating contacts with couriers, and given them instructions during transport.

The penal value of each of the smuggling crimes is ten years in prison. The severity of the crimes as well as the man's apparent leading role made the court sentence him to the longest possible prison time, 14 years.

Since he lacks ties to Sweden, and cannot be considered to suffer in his home country if deported, the decision to deport him does not shorten his time in prison.

After having served his sentence he will be forbidden from ever returning to Sweden.

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2011 has been a busy year for Swedish customs officials. Nearly twice the amount of drugs has been confiscated during the first six months of the year, compared with the same periods in 2010 and 2009.

1,781 confiscations, mainly of cannabis and narcotics-classed medicines, have been made between January and June, according to news agency TT.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:20 July 7, 2011 by engagebrain
14 years !

did he murder a family ?

In the absence of any evidence that cannabis causes harm, certainly much less than alcohol or tobacco, a sentence of this length is wrong and unjustifiable.
18:40 July 7, 2011 by hjoian
im guessing its not the fact that he tried to bring in nearly so much hash,but the fact that he probably was not intending to pay tax on his 30 million kroner street value. Now,if he was under the influence of cannabis and happened to drive his car into a queue of people waiting for a bus,he would probably have got 3 months for causing death while under influence and then put on some kind of program for being a victim in his own right. Swedish justice sure is hard to work out sometimes........i better get weeding!
19:10 July 7, 2011 by jamesblish
It's time we caught up with the rest of the world and relaxad a bit on this issue. Or, even better, legalized it.
19:17 July 7, 2011 by ?????
Can someone explain to me the mentality of the Swedish state behind such harsh laws compared to laws on real crimes? Is the rest of Europe more open-minded than Sweden? It seems so...
19:28 July 7, 2011 by Dazzler
Hell, I just wanna know where to get some sticky buds in Karlstad! Hash sucks!
19:48 July 7, 2011 by mkvgtired
14 years, you would think he raped 30 people or killed 10, oh wait, if he did either of those he would have got 5.
22:03 July 7, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
No, he did not kill a family. His guilt was not inviting Lasse and others to the business. He would have saved some years if he had committed rape against one the Assange women. Swedien is certainly a Kafkanian country. For smuggling marihuana, 14 years; for killing someone, 2 years and a free trip to Bahamas.
07:07 July 8, 2011 by Grokh
whoa is police in southern sweden learning from ethiopians how to propperly guard their borders lol
07:57 July 8, 2011 by scubasteve
engagebrain you hi the nail right on the head, if he was a serial killer he would get 8.

The Swedish system at its best. If you scam the taxe system here you have big problems here.
11:38 July 8, 2011 by chima_arsenal
I just read DN news paper, someone who raped and robed an elderly woman in stockholm got 7 years. Getting 7 years for rape and robery while another person gets 14 years for importing (left to me) harmless weed. The jail thing aside, the illegality of weed or hash is just strange, cigarettes and alcohol are fine even though we can see the effects of alcohol, after every weekend, countless bus stops are smashed by drunk idiots and there's vomit all over the cit. If weed is a drug, alcohol is an even worse drug.
20:51 July 13, 2011 by el dorado
The 43-year-old is Jan Arentzen, a Dutch citizen.
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