A court in Norway has handed a nine month jail sentence to an Estonian woman in her twenties who at the end of October was caught with approximately 2 kg of hashish on the border between Norway and Sweden, the news portal of the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK said.
The woman was sentence to nine months in jail after she was caught with 1.7 kilograms of hashish at the Orje border checkpoint. The woman admitted her guilt at Hegen and Froland district court last week. She explained that she decided to smuggle drugs in order to pay back a debt, NRK said.
Customs officials at the Orje border checkpoint on the highway connecting Stockholm and Oslo on the night before October 30 found hashish from the woman's car. The drugs hidden in the car's headrests were found by a sniffer dog. The woman was then handed over to the Norwegian police.
Smuggling happens periodically in Norway's Ostfold County, which shares a border with Sweden. For example, a Polish citizen was caught in the second half of October at the Svinesund border checkpoint some 20 kilometers south of Orje, from whose car several doping medications and weapons -- including two electric shock weapons, as well as pepper spray and a push button automatic knife were found.
A Chinese tourist guide received a more than 2,000 euro claim when they tried to enter Norway with 6,000 undeclared cigarettes on the afternoon of October 3. The cigarettes were found from among the guide's luggage on the tourist bus. The guide claimed that the cigarettes had been brought along as a gift.
The police in June caught a Polish citizen who entered the country with a car that had a forged Danish license plate. The car's load included 1,500 liters of beer and 343 liters of vodka. The same person had been caught smuggling already in May of this year.
Customs officials in April in the same area caught two German men who were carrying an electric shock weapon and 20 grams of marijuana.
Editor: Dario Cavegn