Pole convicted of having smuggled 100 kilograms of pot to Norway

From customs control between Sweden and NorwaySvinesund. From customs control between Sweden and Norway.Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB scanpix

A Polish man explained that he was pressured to smuggle over 100 kilograms of pot to Norway because he owed money to “the wrong people”. Now he is sentenced to prison for four years and five months.

The 59-year-old Pole pleaded guilty during the trial in Halden District Court. He told the court that he had built up debt that he was unable to repay, and because of this he was demanded to take a mission of smuggling drugs into Norway.
The man explained that he was afraid.  One ot the reasons for this was that his employers had  made  statements that could be perceived as threats.
He was instructed to drive a car from Spain to Norway, and he knew about the part of the car where the drug was hidden. When he came to Svinesund on June 17 last year, he was stopped and checked by customs agents. They found 106.49 kg  of pot in the car.
The court base their verdict on the man being in a stressful situation, both financially and because he was subjected to threats, but believes this does not justify a lower sentence.
The man is banned from driving in Norway for all time. His car was also taken away from him.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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