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Sys­sel­man­nen takes action against drugs in Lon­gye­ar­by­en

Lon­gye­ar­by­en is not ent­i­re­ly free of drugs, as most pla­ces whe­re humans live. Apart from the Scan­di­na­vi­an style of alco­hol con­sump­ti­on, which may be note­wor­thy as seen from a cen­tral-Euro­pean per­spec­ti­ve, the­re are also har­der drugs. It is not a secret in Lon­gye­ar­by­en that the­re is more or less regu­lar con­sump­ti­on of hemp in cer­tain cir­cles.

Every cou­p­le of years, whenever it is con­si­de­red necessa­ry, the Sys­sel­man­nen takes action against drugs, amongst others with sear­ching and detenti­on of tho­se found respon­si­ble for kee­ping the sce­ne ali­ve. In the past, this has even led to the expul­si­on of peop­le from Sval­bard, with an ent­ry ban for a cer­tain peri­od such as two years. In modern times, banish­ment is cer­tain­ly rather unusu­al in juris­dic­tion in wes­tern coun­tries, but this instru­ment is kept avail­ab­le in Sval­bard to pro­tect the small and geo­gra­phi­cal­ly iso­la­ted com­mu­ni­ty. The aut­ho­ri­ties are awa­re of the dan­ger of drugs for bored youngs­ters in the long polar win­ter in a small place like Lon­gye­ar­by­en.

The sub­ject is cur­r­ent­ly com­ing up again. Last wee­kend, the Sys­sel­man­nen has sear­ched pla­ces and peop­le with help from poli­ce for­ces from main­land Nor­way, inclu­ding a trai­ned poli­ce dog from Oslo. Three per­sons were taken in cus­to­dy. The inves­ti­ga­ti­on will be con­ti­nued.

Typi­cal envi­ron­ments whe­re hemp has been found in Lon­gye­ar­by­en in the past are youngs­ters and stu­dents. This time, peop­le who are in the focus of poli­ce atten­ti­on belong to the tou­rism indus­try. The­re is men­ti­on of drugs har­der than hemp, but no fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on has been released so far.

Drugs in the Arc­tic? As if natu­re its­elf was not exci­ting enough!

Drugs in the Arctic

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

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