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Finnish customs officials have confiscated 5,000 liters of alcoholic drinks from a ferry arriving from Tallinn.

Authorities believe the alcohol, mostly beer, cider and ready-to-drink cocktail beverages, was meant for resale, the Finnish website Taloussanomat reported on Monday.

The alcohol was in six loads, ranging from 50 to 200 cases.


Harju County Court has handed four-and-a-half month prison sentences to three Lithuanian men charged with possession of fentanyl.

According to the sentences, the three men arrived in Estonia at the end of April and decided to stock up on drugs before heading to Finland by ferry.

Police found 19 milligrams of pure fentanyl in their cabin shortly before their ship disembarked. The amount is enough for 15 doses. According to Estonian law, a quantity of drugs is classified as "large" when it can be divided into ten or more doses.

The men, all aged around 30, will be deported after their sentences are served. An Estonian man, charged with aiding the purchase of the drugs, was handed a one year suspended sentence with the added clause that he must abstain from alcohol and drugs during the one-year period.


Police have arrested a Romanian man and woman, and are searching for a third Romanian on suspicion of having defrauded shops in Tallinn and Harju County since early July.

Helen Uldrich, a spokesman for the Police and Border Guard Board, told on Saturday that the Romanians had wanted to purchase low-cost items with 500 and 200 euro notes, but changed their minds when receiving change. They then returned the product and the change minus a few notes.

The pair were apprehended when a shopkeeper recognized them after they had pulled the same scheme in the same shop the previous day.

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