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Two men found with 90 kilogrammes of cannabis

The Local · 2 Aug 2012, 07:31

Published: 02 Aug 2012 07:31 GMT+02:00

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“When you find these large amounts of drugs it is almost always a question of organized crime,” said Lars Hansson, narcotics expert at the Swedish Customs (Tullverket), to local paper Skånskan.

Police had in April been carrying out a surveillance mission against a property in Swedish small town Rydsgård, located between Malmö and Ystad, when they spotted a car pulling up to the house, and then leaving some ten minutes later.

Following the car and stopping it a while later, officers discovered 44.1 kilogrammes of Cannabis in the vehicle. In a raid on the house, officers found another 49 kilogrammes of the substance as well as twenty-four 500-euro notes, according to Skånskan.

The driver, a 55-year-old British citizen, claims that he was acting as a courier under threat and refuses to divulge to the authorities the destination to where he was to deliver the drugs.

According to Skånskan, the Swedish man who owns the property said that he has amassed some debts and had therefore contacted a friend who is involved with drugs smuggling.

He has admitted to being in possession of some 20 kilogrammes of cannabis but claims not to know where the rest comes from.

However, Hansson told Skånskan that dealing with such amounts it is not very relevant if officers found 20 or 40 kilogrammes.

“What they will be looking at is if this is done for own gain and if it is part of an organized network,” he told the paper.

The two men have been in custody with police for the last three months while an international investigation has been carried out with help from police in other European countries.

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09:30 August 2, 2012 by robban70226
A waste of police resources, There are plenty of real crimes in Sweden that the polis is too busy'' to take care of it,

Entertaiment drug, ''cannabis'' is harmless, lots of medical applications, Tax it and make some noney. Stop wasting resources in that and hidding from the real crimes
15:49 August 2, 2012 by OldNurse
Prohibition and the police and politicians who support cannabis prohibition in fact SUUPORT organized crime. Time to Tax/regulate, it is SAFER than cigs or alcohol.Total waste of tax money and police time.
16:15 August 2, 2012 by Nvd
Agree. Agree. Agree. Police should do some different heroic stuff.
16:24 August 2, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Yet again, Sweden shows how far behind the rest of the western world they are. Two words: LEGALIZE IT! Where I'm originally from (California) the state literally makes MILLIONS of dollars annually on the tax revenue from the medical marijuana dispenseries.

Besides pot is totally harmless, especially compared to Sweden's drug of choice: alcohol.
06:45 August 3, 2012 by prince T
@spud. Should we legalise crime. Should TL not identify them first as british ans swedish. In USA. Obama is constantly figting mexico and colombia. We are not interested in your california Robbish
08:48 August 3, 2012 by Swedishmyth
Don't wait around for legalization, Sweden is fundamentalist when it comes to drugs. If it's not nicotine/caffeine/ethanol, it's equivalent to heroin.
09:23 August 3, 2012 by entry
@ 09:30 August 2, 2012 by robban70226

"Entertaiment drug, ''cannabis'' is harmless, lots of medical applications, Tax it and make some noney. Stop wasting resources in that and hidding from the real crimes"

Cannabis is relatively benign. However, there is a great deal of crime and violence associated with the production, growth, distribution and use of cannabis - legalization will not resolve those issues. -Paul
10:36 August 3, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
@Prince T - The Brits and Swedes who had all this ganja are not criminals, they are heroes! Wish I knew some folks like that here!
12:54 August 3, 2012 by jostein
It is hypocrisy to allow citizens to wield political power through universal sufferage. And at the same time not let citizens wield power over how they wish to tickle their own brains, as long as they cause no harm to other citizens.

Mewling infants cannot be the foundation upon which a democracy rests. Hence, let us treat one another as adults?
18:33 August 13, 2012 by alecLoTh

Disagree. Remove the money and criminals will leave the merchandise. Simple economics. Scarcity is what causes demand - hence value. Why would crims spend all day hustling something anyone can buy legally or grow in their garden alongside rhubarb and lettuce? Fight over turfs? Come on....

The list of uses industrially is exhaustive, but patents have been taken out on synthetic alternatives and it is those pharma companies stifling sensible discussion on a policy-making level.

I base this not on letting people blaze up, but on managing resources. Why aren't we using something that for centuries was so useful in industry? Heck it was indispensable in WW2. It was the 'golden crop' even as recent as that time.

The plant is easy to grow in abundance and thrives in almost any type of soil.

Creating huge quantities for industry is what the world ought to be doing.

Don't drink the kool-aid, research.
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