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British garlic smugglers arrested in Sweden

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Two British men have been arrested for garlic smuggling.

The two men are believed to have made millions of euros in just over a year by smuggling Chinese garlic from Norway to Sweden by avoiding European Union tariffs.

A truck full of garlic was intercepted in the Bohuslän region, near the Norwegian border, in June 2010.

Between February 2009 and June 2010, it is believed that the men avoided 10.6 million euros in tariffs and fees by bringing garlic into Sweden from Norway, which is not a member of the EU, reports ABS-CBN News.

However, the total amount of money pocketed by the men would have been less due to the requirement to pay Norwegian duties as well as higher transportation costs than if the product had been brought straight into the EU, prosecutor Thomas Ahlstrand explained.

Ahlstrand added: "This sometimes happens with different types of food."

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