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Finnish Customs Carry Out Major Drug Bust

Customs officials in the capital have intercepted a large quantity of drugs concealed in a flower shipment. The drugs were seized at Vuosaari Harbour in eastern Helsinki.

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The shipment contained 44 kilogrammes of hashish and one kilogramme of marijuana. Officials say the shipment was en route from the Netherlands and was bound for distribution in St. Petersburg, Russia. The drugs were detected during an x-ray inspection of the cargo.

Police have interrogated two persons suspected to be behind the smuggling, while many others will be called as witnesses. One of the suspects was held in the Netherlands, and the other in Finland.

“The drug smuggling was an organized and professional operation. Legal shipping is often used as a cover-up, just like in this case. Customs officials aim to uncover cross-border criminal and smuggling organizations,” said Southern Precinct Customs Chief Inspector Tero Virtanen.

Customs officers in southern Finland have been cooperating closely with their Dutch counterparts and police officials in the case. They say that preliminary investigations conducted in Finland have led to the seizure of 165 kilos of hashish, 50 kilos of marijuana and 138,000 euros in cash.