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Copenhagen Police arrest 29 in Christiania

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Copenhagen Police arrest 29 in Christiania
13:33 CEST+02:00
Police carried out a coordinated raid of the cannabis stalls in the freetown of Christiania on Thursday morning.
Copenhagen Police officers arrested 29 people in a planned action in Christiania. 
 
“Copenhagen Police are right now going through the results of the action. The initial findings show that two kilos of cannabis, three guns, 875,000 kroner and valuables in the form of, among other things, designer furniture have been confiscated,” a police statement read. 
 
All arrested individuals are due to make an initial appearance in court on Thursday afternoon. The court appearance will be closed to the public. 
 
The sale of cannabis is illegal in Denmark, but an open-air market flourishes in the largely self-governed enclave of Christiania, a former hippie commune in the heart of Copenhagen. The freetown’s cannabis business has been estimated to be worth one billion kroner ($152 million) annually. 
 
Earlier this year, a combined 76 people were sentenced to a total of 187 years and three months in prison for selling cannabis in Christiania as a result of a massive March 2014 police raid in which officers ransacked 150 locations in Christiania and elsewhere in Copenhagen. 
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