Pet dog finds class A drugs on Danish beach

A package likely containing cocaine was found washed up on a beach on the Danish island of Fanø by a pet dog on Monday. Local police have dismissed suggestions of drug smuggling routes through the North Sea island.

Pet dog finds class A drugs on Danish beach
Weimaraner dog. File photo: bertknot/Flickr

The package, weighing around a kilogram, was found by Susanne Garborg, who was visiting family on the southwestern island, and her dog Otto, who were out walking on the beach when they spotted the unfamiliar object in the sand.

“It looked very strange. There was a thick see-through bag with a green package wrapped in cellophane-like material,” Garborg told Jyllands-Posten.

After Weimaraner Otto sniffed out the package and Garborg had taken a closer look, which revealed its white powder content, she decided to contact the police, who removed it for closer inspection.

A police spokesperson told Jyllands-Posten that, although such finds are not unusual on Denmark’s west coast, there is no reason to suspect drug smuggling in the area.

“We occasionally find narcotics washed up on beaches after heavy storms. So it’s something we’re aware of,” said Inspector Hans Roost of Southern Jutland Police.

Roost also confirmed that, though test results had not yet been returned, police believe the package to contain either cocaine or amphetamines. But the drugs were unlikely to have been destined for the Danish market, according to Roost.

“It is our firm belief that there is no smuggling route to Jutland’s west coast. It is more likely that somebody dropped the drugs at sea or threw it overboard for some reason. Maybe because they were about to be caught,” he said.

Roost also cited drug smuggling techniques in which packages are fastened to buoys for pick-up at a later time. The Fanø package could have come loose from one of these buoys, according to Roost.

The package and its contents will be examined for any signs that may point to its origin, with any relevant findings to be sent to the National Police as well as the European cross-border police agency Europol.

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Police in Denmark fine 123 for buying drugs on social media

Police in North Jutland are to issue fines against 123 people for 158 instances of purchasing cannabis or cocaine on a social media website.

Police in Denmark fine 123 for buying drugs on social media
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The 123 people are accused of buying narcotics, police inspector Casper Jacobsen confirmed.

The majority of the individuals are from the Aalborg area, Jacobsen also said.

“Hash and cocaine are the two main substances purchased on the (social media) page. There are more infringements than people arrested because, for example, one person bought narcotics six times,” he said.

Three men from North Jutland, aged 20 and 21, were arrested in March this year for running the social media page, which displayed a telephone number via which drugs could be ordered.

Using the information, buyers and sellers were able to arrange times and places for delivery of and payment for the substances.

“The three men we arrested in March, and who we believe to have run the webpage, posted a telephone number and offered hash and cocaine for certain prices. A driver then went out and delivered it,” Jacobsen said.

“The three men were released but remain accused in the case. The case has been referred to the prosecution authority, which will assess whether formal charges will be made against the three persons who are accused of selling drugs and running this webpage,” he continued.

The group of 123 ranges in age from 18 to 51 years and includes both men and women and will receive fines of between 2,000 and 12,000 kroner, depending on the quantity and number of purchases.

Police declined to confirm which social media site had been used, but said it was a freely available social media.

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