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Skåne murder may be tied to Norway drug bust

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13:29 CEST+02:00
A Swedish man who went missing in January has been found dead amid growing suspicions he was the scapegoat for a botched drug deal in Norway.

The 31-year-old's body was found over Easter outside Hörby, around 60 kilometres from his hometown Landskrona in the southern Swedish region of Skåne.

Police had been searching for him since mid-January, when his family reported him missing.

According to local newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD), the body was in such a bad state that it took a week to identify it.

HD also claimed that police investigators had travelled to Norway to question several people regarding the 31-year-old's disappearance.

According to reports, those questioned are from the Skåne region and had been detained in Bergen, Norway on suspicion of smuggling large amounts of amphetamine and narcotic pills.

The drug smugglers were stopped by Norwegian police on October 31st. They were travelling in three cars. In one car police found spare tyres containing nearly five kilos of amphetamine and a large amount of pills.

Another man from Landskrona was arrested in mid-February and handed over to Norway.

Soon after the murdered 31-year-old's disappearance Swedish police received a tip that he for some reason had become a scapegoat for the botched drug smuggling, reported HD.

But the head of the investigation, Kenth Pehrsson, did not want to comment on the case and refused either to confirm or refute whether hearings were held in Norway in conjunction with the investigation into the 31-year-old's disappearance.

However, Pehrsson did confirm that details of the Norwegian drug bust were cited in the investigation.

"No one has been suspected of any crime," said Pehrsson.

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