Police aim to thwart increasing flow of cocaine to Finland

The trade of illicit drugs is on the rise across Europe, and the sale of cocaine has increased dramatically, according to European law enforcement agency Europol.

Europol said that cannabis accounted for 40 percent of the overall drug trade and 30 percent represented cocaine sales. Meanwhile, heroin was behind 25 percent of the drug deals, with amphetamines and ecstasy making up five percent of the trade.

Finnish police detective superintendent Risto Lohi said drug smuggling is on the rise in Finland, too.

“Drug imports have increased dramatically. According to our estimates, as much as 60 percent of narcotics produced in Colombia end up being imported into Europe,” Lohi said, noting that increased cocaine levels have also been seen in Finland.

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