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Drug offenses double in Sweden

Published fredag 29 oktober 2010 kl 11.06
More Swedes are pleading guilty to drug-related crimes and getting let off the hook.

Drug-related convictions, punishments and guilty pleas have doubled in Sweden over the last decade, according to new statistics from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.

Most of last year's 30,000 such cases had to do with minor drug offences, often involving cannabis and amphetamines.

A spokesperson for the Council for Crime Prevention told news agency TT that the increase is a result of police working more on drug-related crimes. But she said that what is astonishing, is how many more people are admitting to breaking the law and then getting let off the hook. The courts commonly allow this when it comes to dealing with lawbreakers under the age of 18.

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