A German man was arrested last Friday for trying to smuggle 3 kilograms of hash into Iceland reports Morgunbladid. This is the largest amount of hash confiscated this year.
Customs officials at the Leifur Eiríksson Airport in Keflavík found the hash hidden in a suitcase. On Saturday, the Reykjavík District Court decided that the man should be held for one week for questioning.
News station NFS reports, in recent years, attempts to smuggle drugs into the country have increased before the holiday season. According to NFS, custom officials need to both be on the watch out for the Christmas shopping appetite of Icelanders returning from abroad as well as drug smugglers.
Icelanders are allowed to purchase ISK 46,000 worth of merchandise abroad without paying duty. When the total purchases exceed ISK 46,000 the individual must declare the goods and pay import duties and value added tax.