Swedish Customs reports record seizures of cannabis, firearms in 2020

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STOCKHOLM, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) — More cannabis than ever before in a single year was seized by Swedish Customs in 2020. The number of seized firearms also reached record levels despite the pandemic.

Nearly 3.9 tons of cannabis were seized, compared with 1.1 tons in 2019, according to the customs statistics released on Wednesday. Cocaine seizures also increased from 43 kilos to 216 kilos, as did alcohol from 450,000 liters to 508,000 liters.

The number of firearms seized also jumped, from 58 to 142, reaching a new record level, while 38,200 units of ammunition were confiscated, an increase of almost 200 percent, showed the statistics.

“When travel was restricted in the spring of 2020, Swedish Customs could concentrate the efforts on controlling heavy transports, which has had results. There were fewer seizures, but often bigger,” Charlotte Svensson, Director General of Swedish Customs, said in a press release.

“Never before have we seized as much cannabis as last year. Despite reduced travel, we also stopped more alcohol than the year before, not least thanks to large seizures in heavy transports.”

Swedish Customs has also recently intensified their efforts, resulting in what Svensson describes as substantial seizures at the beginning of this year. Enditem

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