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Illegal cultivation and trade of marijuana increases in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBased on information from Latvian authorities, marijuana remains the most frequently confiscated type of drug in the country, closely followed by methamphetamine. In addition, the number of illegal cultivation for personal use and illegal trade has been on a rise lately, as mentioned in Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma’s National Security report to the Saeima.

New psychoactive substances are the third in terms of the number of confiscations, which points to a provisional stabilization of the situation and the positive effect legal measures have had on combating this form of drugs, as stated in the report.

The report also mentions that the volume of illegal drugs confiscated by authorities this year demonstrates stable growth of circulation of narcotic and psychotropic substances.

It is also noted that there is an emerging trend noted on the illegal market: a rise in the number of confiscations of medicines containing psychotropic substances.

Authorities report sightings of the following trends in the field of illegal narcotic and psychotropic substances – Latvia is actively used as a transit country for contraband of narcotics; illegal cultivation of marijuana is on a rise and amphetamine production is carried out on the country’s territory.

It is also noted that realization of new psychoactive substances is often carried out in secret, including through the use of Internet resources in Latvia and abroad, hidden internet resources and courier delivery services for distribution.

It is noted that forms of transport of narcotics gradually become more and more varied. Latvia is used as a transit hub for international drug traffic lines headed from east to west and north to south. Drugs are transported by land, air and sea.

Drugs are transported using postal services and carried from countries like China, Netherlands, UK, Germany, France, Ireland, Belgium and Czech Republic. Land transports are also actively used to carry drugs from Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine.

The report has been submitted to the Saeima for review.

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