Drug Briefs: Subutex Haul Halted, Students Dragged Out of School on Pot Suspicion

A hidden compartment in the car's wheel well, where Subutex was found. Photo: Courtesy of Tax and Customs Board
11/15/2013 1:17 PM
Category: Society

Last month, the Tax and Customs Board in Pärnu discovered 5,000 Subutex pills in a BMW being hauled on a car carrier trailer arriving from Belgium.

The drug contains the chemical buprenorphine, used as a painkiller and to treat opioid addiction. The pills were discovered in hidden compartments in the chassis of the car, reported uudised.err.ee. A person suspected of smuggling was detained.

It is the second time this year that authorities have intercepted an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of illegal drugs on an auto transport trailer.

The head of the Tax and Customs Board's anti-narcotics department, Urmet Tambre, said traffickers usually obtain Subutex from France or Belgium and attempt to transport it to Estonia via Finland.

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Yesterday, police pulled 10 ninth graders out of school on a tip that the youths had purchased marijuana, reported Postimees.

The students attend Tallinn English College, an elite secondary school. The students were questioned and took urine tests.

Authorities are investigating the matter.


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