Record seizure of Tramadol at Oslo Airport Gardermoen
Custom officers at Oslo Airport on Tuesday morning made the biggest seizure of Tramadol ever in Norway. When the customs officers opened four suitcases belonging to two Swedish air passengers, they uncovered nearly 184,000 pills.
“The Customs seizure suggests that there is extensive abuse of this type of prescription drug in Norway. It is a worrying seizure record and at the same time an emerging societal problem. There is every reason to warn against the use of this drug,” Director of the Norwegian Customs Agency, Øystein Børmer, states.
“We know that more die of strong painkillers than of heroin in Norway,” he continues.
This, according to figures from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health from 2016.
More seizures, increased quantity
“The Norwegian Customs Agency witnesses a significant increase in the number of both seizures and quantities. So far this year, 560,000 Tramadol pills have been seized, as opposed to nearly 300,000 in the whole of 2017,” Børmer concludes.
The two Swedish smugglers, who were caught on Tuesday, started their journey in Kenya.
“We have also previously experienced that the larger seizures of Tramadol involve travellers from African countries,” Section Leader of the Customs Control at Oslo Airport, Tor Fredriksen, enlightens.
“Today’s seizure is the third involving more than 100,000 Tramadol pills at Gardermoen in 2019. The two Swedish citizens were handed over to the police after the customs seizure,” Fredriksen explains.
In addition to the large seizures at Oslo Airport and Svinesund, the Customs Agency also makes many seizures of smaller amounts of Tramadol in postal parcels.
Tramadol is a prescription drug in Norway – with strict import requirements. Several European countries have classified Tramadol as narcotics.
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