During the first 9 weeks of the year, 24 kilograms of drugs have been confiscated in Iceland – 17.7 kilograms more than at the same time last year, reports Fréttabladid. The bulk of the drugs have been confiscated from people trying to smuggle them into the country.
Not included in the figure are a few kilograms of liquid amphetamines that were confiscated from a Lithuanian male recently.
Ágeir Karlsson, a manager in the Icelandic Police’s “Drug Intelligence Squad,” said that, “it certainly generates interest how much has been confiscated in such a short time.” He said that there is no one explanation – a possible explanation could be that there are more attempts to smuggle drugs into the country than before. Luck can also play a part, said Ásgeir.
When asked if the drug use in Iceland has increased, Ásgeir said not necessarily. Last year, 72 kilograms of drugs, destined for the Icelandic market, were confiscated abroad. In some cases, the Icelandic police provide information that leads to confiscation abroad.
Regular patrolling of the police in Reykjavík reveals ample evidence of consumption of cocaine and amphetamines. Cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy and marijuana are the main drugs on the Icelandic market.