- 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.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Town hall meeting called in Mayo, Yukon, to talk about drug crisis, CBC News
Finland: Finland’s alcohol consumption declines by 15%, Yle News
United States: Alaska’s drug problem worsening as police resources strained, Alaska Public Media