Police turn to Swedish eBay to sell drug den

Police have turned to the Swedish version of eBay, Blocket, in order to sell off a house that was seized during a raid on drug dealers in northern Sweden.¨

Police turn to Swedish eBay to sell drug den

When police raided the home in Örträsk, Västerbotten, the district court ruled that the entire house should be seized, meaning the local police became the new owners of the property.

The house had been used to cultivate and then sell marijuana plants, which were also seized by the authorities.

With apparently no need for the five-bedroom house, officers decided to write up an advertisement on popular buy-sell site Blocket. The ad, which they make no mention of the previous owners, reads unlike a typical real estate ad and lists every fault of the accommodation, including water damages, stained floors, and internal damages.

Police admitted that the interest for the house has been low.

“The property should be carefully examined before a purchase is carried out. Come to the opening if you are considering buying,” the announcement reads.

The police decision to use Blocket has raised eyebrows among the officers’ colleagues.

“I’ve never heard of anything like it,” police lawyer Erik Lindström told the Folkbladet newspaper.

Blocket, which is similar to eBay, is Sweden’s largest buy-sell site and the third most visited website in the country.

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Swedish citizens arrested in Spain on drugs charges

Two people from Sweden have been arrested in Barcelona on suspicion of serious drugs and weapons offences.

Swedish citizens arrested in Spain on drugs charges
File photo: Fredrik Sandberg / TT

The pair were detained at the request of the Swedish police and have already been charged in absentia in the Scandinavian country.

Authorities in Sweden have been searching for the two suspects since the autumn of last year, news agency TT reports.

“We have been looking for them for a long time and they are suspected of belonging to a criminal network in northwestern Stockholm,” Mats Lindström of Stockholm Police said in a press statement.

“The Spanish police have assisted us in this work and they are now under arrest,” Lindström added.

The process for extradition of the two arrested individuals to Sweden has been initiated.

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