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Nearly 500 Smuggling Attempts Stopped

By Iceland Review

Police authorities prevented illegal substances from being smuggled to the country on nearly 500 occasions between 2003 and 2006—or roughly one stopped every third day—as revealed yesterday.

This information was included in a new report issued by the National Audit Office on actions taken against import of illegal drugs. The National Audit Office estimates that the street value of the drugs confiscated by police last year was almost ISK 5 billion (USD 80 million, EUR 54 million), reports.

In the report, the Audit Office points out several ways on how drug smuggling can be prevented, including improving security on customs checkpoints and ensuring that customs officers are not involved in smuggling themselves by checking their backgrounds, as well as how funds can be used more efficiently on such projects.

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