Two charged with attempting to smuggle 50 kilos of cocaine into Norway

Police house in Greenland in OsloPolice house in Greenland in Oslo.Photo: Geir Olsen / NTB scanpix

When two Albanians were ready to pick up 50 kilos of cocaine in the port of Oslo last September, the Oslo police were ready.

Now, the two are charged with drug offenses with a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

– “We were told by the German Customs Service that they had found 50 kilos of cocaine in Bremerhaven,” says Kenneth Wilberg, head of the investigative section for organized crime at the Oslo Police District, to TV 2.

The cocaine was hidden in a refrigerator on a banana container that came from Ecuador and had the Port of Oslo as the end terminal. The message from Germany allowed the Oslo police on September 12 last year to prepare to strike at the Port of Oslo and find out who was ready to recover the drugs, TV 2 reports.

Since the cocaine was seized in Germany, Norwegian police had to get into the boat before arriving in Norway and replace the drugs with similar amounts of potato flour.

Two Albanian men eventually showed up at the container port in Oslo and picked up what they thought was 50 kilos of cocaine. The two were later arrested by the police at Tøyen in Oslo. Police estimate that the seizure had a street value of up to NOK 100 million.

“We have had bigger seizures of cocaine, but this is one of the absolute greatest we have had in the Norwegian context,” Utby told TV 2.

No one else have been arrested in connection with the case, and investigations are still ongoing.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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