Drug seizures in Sweden doubled in 2023

Published 19 February 2024
- By Editorial Staff
1.3 tons of cocaine were seized last year.

A total of 11,000 kg of drugs were seized last year, twice as much as the year before. The main drugs seized were cannabis, amphetamines and cocaine.

More cocaine and cannabis were seized in the first half of 2023 than in the whole of 2022, while cannabis seizures more than tripled in 2023 compared with the previous year, increasing from 2 285 kg to 7 187 kg.

Cocaine seizures increased by half a ton, from 822 kg to 1,303 kg, while amphetamine seizures increased from 548 kg to 1,162 kg. Customs also seized 25 liters of liquid narcotics and nearly 2.2 million pills and capsules.

– The fact that we intercept a lot of narcotics is because we have become sharper, but also because there is a great demand. Anyone who buys a few grams for the weekend should know that they are directly benefiting those behind the wave of violence in recent years, says Director General of Customs Charlotte Svensson in a press release.

The significant amounts are largely due to historically large seizures in 2023, including 31 seizures of over 100 kilograms, most of which were over 200 kilograms. In 2022, there were eight such seizures.