Confiscation of narcotics has decreased due to border crossing restrictions - Revenue Service

  • 2020-04-29
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Due to the border crossing restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19, the amount of narcotics seized in Latvia in the first three months of this year has significantly decreased as compared to the beginning of last year, LETA was told at the State Revenue Service. 

During the first three months of 2020, customs officers seized 22.6 kilograms of various narcotics and psychoactive substances, down from 90 kilos of such substances seized in the same period a year ago. 

While checking international mail, travelers and their baggage, customs officers uncovered drug smuggling in 180 cases in the first three months of 2020, down from 235 such cases in the first quarter of 2019.

"Taking into consideration the border crossing restrictions for individual travelers imposed to reduce Covid-19 risks, the number of cases where narcotics are found on travelers has decreased in the first quarter of this year," the Revenue Service said. 

According to the Revenue Service's information, in more than 90 percent of all cases, illegal substances have been found in mail. In most cases, officers seized ecstasy, methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine, hashish, marijuana and LSD.