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Finnish Customs seize drugs hidden in cereal packets

Officials suspect the haul was part of a broader operation to smuggle the opioid Subutex into Finland.

Tullin takavarikoimia Subutex-tabletteja
The opioid tablets were hidden in cereal and porridge packets. Image: Tulli

Finnish customs officers seized 4,000 tablets of the opioid Subutex which smugglers had hidden inside packets of cereal and porridge. Subutex is prescription medication which contains buprenorphine, a widely-abused opioid often used as a heroin substitute.

According to customs officials, the seized tablets had an approximate street value of 160,000 euros.

Officials further suspect that the shipment was part of a wider smuggling operation in which 6,000 tablets were imported into Finland from France and Hungary. The total street value of the entire shipment is estimated to be around 240,000 euros.

An investigation has been launched, and two foreign-background suspects - a Romanian citizen and a Hungarian citizen - have been taken into custody.

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