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STOCKHOLM ? Swedish prosecutors have issued international arrest warrants for two Britons suspected of masterminding a smuggling ring involving over a ton of Chinese garlic.

The men first shipped the garlic to Norway by boat, where it entered the country duty-free since it was considered to be in transit, prosecutor Thomas Ahlstrand said Wednesday. They then drove the approximately 1.2 tons of garlic across the expansive Norwegian-Swedish border, avoiding customs checks and thus Swedish import duties.

Ahlstrand said the men avoided some (EURO)10 million ($13.1 million) in Swedish taxes through the scheme. A lengthy police investigation led to the identification of the two British allegedly behind the Swedish operation, which took place in 2009-2010.

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What an odd thing to smuggle. :rofl:

Is Garlic expensive in Sweden or something?

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So basically a couple of guys drove across the border with some garlic in their van so they could avoid import duties? If that's all it takes to be a criminal mastermind these days then that's pretty sad. They're certainly no Blofeld.

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Bit of an alarmist headline. Should really be "Sweden seeks 2 Britons for tax evasion" or something similar.
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What an odd thing to smuggle. :rofl:

Is Garlic expensive in Sweden or something?

I wondered that too. A pound of garlic costs about $5 at the grocery store here ($10,000 per ton), so they must have smuggled an insane amount of it for them to incur $13 million in taxes they evaded.

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Just get a bloodhound and follow the smell. :laugh:

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That's just a small part of a bigger scam, but EU taxes are high for garlic, about 120 Euro / 100 kilo.

By going trough Norway, who's not a EU member and doesn't have taxes on garlic, they try to avoid taxes.

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Bit of an alarmist headline. Should really be "Sweden seeks 2 Britons for tax evasion" or something similar.

No different than the other forum thread screaming about Swedes who were "renditionsd" (actually extradited) to the US from Africa. So, I guess these giys were renditioned too ;)

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Oh that dreaded Chinese garlic. :D

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