There have been significant changes in the Icelandic drug market since the economic crash, according to a new report from the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police.
Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
Demand for expensive drugs such as cocaine has declined while the vast majority of cannabis found in Iceland is now produced domestically. According to the report, there has been a large increase in the home production of cannabis, a trend in line with developments elsewhere in Europe.
Most of the production is controlled by few individuals. However, those who profit from the production tend to have others grow the cannabis for them, ruv.is reports.
The import and production of amphetamines has also increased in Iceland. In the first few months of this year, police seized more steroids than in the last three years combined.
The police point out that among the reasons for the increase in drug seizures is improved performance of the police.