Kinesisk hvitløkSmuggling from Norway? Chinese garlic? Most Norwegians were surprised by the news that two British nationals are wanted for the most extensive food smuggling from Norway ever. Norwegian produced foods are protected by high tariffs and it is a popular Norwegian “hobby” to travel to neighboring countries Sweden and Denmark to buy meat and dairy products – in addition to candy, cigarettes, beer, wine and spirits.

Swedish Economic Crime Authority is requesting the handover of two men in their 40s who are suspected of being behind a garlic mafia who has swindled Swedish Customs for 10.7 million Euros – about 14.1 million dollars. This particular case dates back to 2010 when the league was revealed. The Belgian truck driver who was stopped by Swedish customs officials, was sentenced to four months in jail.

The garlic was imported to Norway by…

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