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Latvia not a major drug route, despite recent hauls

The head of Latvia’s customs inspection service said Wednesday that the country was not becoming a major transit point for illegal narcotics despite several large scale seizures in recent weeks, Latvian Public Broadcasting reports.

State Revenue Service Customs Administration Director Talis Kravalis told LTV’s Rita Panorama show the volumes of narcotics transiting Latvia are small compared to most other countries, while admitting that his officers uncovered an illegal shipment on average every other day.

“Latvia is too small to be a final destination [for drugs]… but it is part of the larger picture,” Kravalis said.

A seminar organised to discuss drug trafficking and related issues was not a response to increased flows but a regular event, he said.

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