Seized alcohol that was smuggled from Germany. Photo: Scanpix.

Alcohol seizures at an all time high

The Customs Agency is seizing more alcohol in southern Sweden than ever before, reports newspaper Sydsvenskan. Customs agents in southern Sweden have doubled the number of controls in Ystad, Trelleborg, Helsingborg, and at the Öresund Bridge to Denmark.

Seizures of beer and spirits have increased by 60 percent in the past year.

Narcotic seizures are also rising. During the first three months of 2012, customs agents on the train between Malmö and Copenhagen seized the same amount of drugs as during the entire year of 2009.

Nearly half of the country's narcotic seizures take place in Skåne. Smuggling of doping agents, ecstasy and khat are on the rise, while heroin, cocaine, and amphetamine seizures are dropping.

Alcohol and narcotic smugglers come from the entire country. And many of the smugglers work in criminal networks, according to the Customs Agency.

"That the number of seizures has increased is also due to a greater demand for smuggled alcohol," Michael Nelander, a Customs agent in Skåne tells Sydsvenskan.

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