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Swedish airport reports record heroin bust

Swedish customs officer at Skavsta airport, south of Stockholm, have made the airport’s largest bust of heroin to date when more than a kilo of the drug was found in a bag belonging to a passenger on Friday.

Swedish airport reports record heroin bust

The man, reportedly in his twenties, arrived in Sweden on a flight from Rome, Italy.

He was remanded into custody following the bust and according to local paper Södermanlands Nyheter he has admitted to being a courier but claims he did not know what drug it was he carried nor how much of it he had in his bag.

Meanwhile the customs officers are astounded by the amount of heroin the man was carrying.

“Finding a kilo of heroin is an enormous amount for one bust,” Mikael Lindberg of head of the Swedish customs at Skavsta told the paper.

Custom officers generally confiscate about five kilos of the drug across the region, which comprises of Stockholm and five other counties, per year.

But 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 recent figures from the Swedish Customs (Tullverket).

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Six arrested over break-in at Sweden’s Örebro Airport

Six people have been arrested following a break-in at Örebro Airport on Saturday night.

Six arrested over break-in at Sweden’s Örebro Airport
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The alarm was raised just after midnight after both security staff and members of the public observed suspicious activity at the airport, which is served regularly by charter passenger flights and is Sweden's fourth-largest hub for cargo.

“Our patrols arrived just after the suspects had climbed out of one of the aircraft, which they had broken into,” Stefan Dangardt, police press officer in the Bergslagen region, told TT.

The people, four young men and two young women, have been questioned by police. They are suspected of serious theft as well as violation of public security laws, which forbid unauthorised access to sensitive areas such as airports.

Details of what they are suspected of stealing are unclear.

“This is far from terror or sabotage. It’s about youthful stupidity,” Dangardt said.

Five of the suspects were later released and one person remained under arrest. All six remain under suspicion of breaking the law.

READ ALSO: Police investigate 'sabotage' at Swedish airport

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