Drug smugglers exploiting snow and ice in northern Sweden

Long border areas are hard to patrol, customs say. (Lotta Löfgren/Sveriges Radio)
  • Criminal gangs are exploiting winter conditions in northern Sweden’s large unguarded border routes to smuggle narcotics into Finland and Norway, Swedish Radio News reports.
  • So far this year, customs seizures in northern Sweden have led to convictions in 29 cases of serious crimes.
  • That is almost three times as many as five years ago. And several investigations show elaborate transport routes where seized drugs are marked with gang-related symbols.
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For more on the challenges Swedish customs is facing along the northern borders, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report.

Erica Sundén

An incorrect byline appeared in a previous version of this text. It is by Radio Sweden, not Radio Canada International. This version has been corrected.

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