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Customs agents seize drugs in two hauls 



A “considerable amount” of heroin and cash was seized in one of the operations carried out by customs and excise officers Administration des douanes et accises

A “considerable amount” of heroin and cash was seized in one of the operations carried out by customs and excise officers Administration des douanes et accises

The grand duchy’s anti-drugs and sensitive products inspectorate of the customs and excise administration on 13 December announced it had stopped two drug-trafficking affairs.

The department is one of the three tax administrations directed by the ministry of finance. Working among others to protect consumers from counterfeit products, agents of the administration this time found a “considerable amount” of heroin while cash was also seized after the resellers were questioned. 10kg were imported and sold in Luxembourg, the investigation revealed.

A few months ago, in June, Luxembourg authorities had already arrested five people and found 4.5kg of hard drugs (3kg of heroin and 1.5kg of cocaine) and valuable items such as cars in an operation that involved French and Luxembourg drug gangs.

The second bust by the customs agents--assisted by their German counterparts--led to the seizure of more than 8kg of ecstasy (methamphetamines), that had been brought in from the Netherlands.

Though Luxembourg has been working on loosening laws around the consumption of medical-grade cannabis and has decriminalised the possession of small amounts, the same does not apply to harder drugs.