Snoop Dogg vows he’ll never return to Sweden

Snoop Dogg vows he'll never return to Sweden
Snoop Dogg's weekend gig in Uppsala. Photo: Marcus Ericsson/TT
US rapper Snoop Dogg has told fans he will never go back to Sweden after he was briefly held by Swedish police on suspicion of using illegal drugs.

Snoop Dogg was arrested by Swedish police after his car was pulled over in a roadside control late on Saturday night. Earlier in the evening he had given a concert in the university town of Uppsala north of Stockholm.

The rap star was taken to the police station for a urine test, the results of which were not immediately available. After leaving the station, Snoop Dogg hit out at Swedish police on Sunday, vowing that he would never return to the Nordic country.

“2 all my Sweden fans U can blame YA police dept for never seeing me again in your beautiful country,” the rapper wrote in a tweet.

Snoop Dogg, who has also been stopped by officers on previous visits to Sweden, said the arrest was due to racial profiling, claims which Swedish police denied.

“No, we don't work like that. That's just nonsense. We completely reject the notion that being stopped for a control would be down to racist thoughts. It's not about that,” Christer Nordström, Uppsala police press spokesman, told the Aftonbladet tabloid.

Snoop Dogg's song lyrics often display his fondness for marijuana and he has previously had run-ins with police elsewhere over the drug.

Sweden has by and large a 'zero tolerance' approach to drugs, although calls for legalizing the drug are sometimes heard. The Nordic country criminalized illicit drug use in 1988, following a two-year attempt to introduce a more tolerant approach that was considered a failure by authorities.

Anyone suspected of being 'high' can be detained and given a compulsory urine test. If positive, they are slapped with a criminal charge and must stand trial.

According to figures released by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) last year, only nine percent of the Swedish school population has tried cannabis, compared to 39 percent in France, 42 percent in the Czech Republic and around 25 percent in Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands.