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Drug trafficking in Sweden has sales in billions

The annual turnover of drugs is estimated at between SEK 2.7 billion and SEK 6.9 billion during the period of 2015–2019. The largest economic market share was cannabis (45 percent). The turnover estimate also included cocaine, amphetamine, heroin and ecstasy.

This data is published in Drug Price Development in Sweden 1988-2019 report.

The estimate is based on various assumptions, including transit traffic and the seizure efficiency of customs and police, says Ulf Guttormsson, head of department at CAN.

CAN has collected information on street price trends for a number of drug varieties since 1988. Since 2010, information on price trends for wholesale prices has also been collected.

“Wholesale prices have remained relatively unchanged since 2010,” says Ulf Guttormsson.

“The type of drug that shows the clearest change is amphetamine, where the wholesale price has fallen by 29 percent compared to the starting year,” says Ulf Guttormsson.

The most obvious changes in street prices, in a long-term perspective, have occurred for heroin and amphetamines. Considering inflation, these costs today only about 25 percent compared to 1988. Cannabis and cocaine prices have also fallen and are 40 percent lower than in 1988. Most of the price falls occurred before the turn of the millennium. Just over ten years ago, cannabis prices were halved, but then some recovery has taken place.

“The increase in prices of cannabis products is mainly due to an increase in the content of THC, the intoxicating substance in cannabis,” says Ulf Guttormsson.

Source: CAN