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Police Seized Almost Forty-Two Kilos of Hard Drugs at Airport Last Year

Almost 42 kilos of hard drugs were seized at Keflavík airport last year, according to a post on the Suðurnes Police Department’s Facebook page. The drugs were seized on 46 separate occasions, and included thirty-five kilos of cocaine, just under seven kilos of amphetamines, 196 grams of methamphetamine, and 61 grams of MDMA. Police also confiscated 240 grams of cannabis.

A Belgian man who the police identified as being “severely disabled” was detained while carrying almost a kilo of cocaine internally. The cocaine was in 106 packets in his digestive tract. Icelandic police have never found such a large quantity of drugs being carried internally by one individual. However, there was a serious incident last October involving a young Icelandic man carrying 42 packets of drugs internally. One of the packets started to leak and the man had to be rushed to the hospital for an emergency three-hour surgery.

Drugs transported internally are generally much more pure than they will be once sold, or upwards of 90% pure. When cut for sale, the purity is much lower—averaging between 7-15% pure. As such, police estimate that when cut for sale, the 42 kilos would have amounted to 300 kilos on the street.

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