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Austrian police seize half-ton of cannabis

Sunday - 10/27/2013, 10:20am  ET

VIENNA (AP) -- Authorities have seized 500 kilograms (about 1,100 pounds) of cannabis during a routine check on a camping van entering southern Austria from Slovenia. Two Italian men were arrested.

Police in Carinthia province said the drugs -- divided into 500 packages -- were hidden inside the roof of the vehicle, which was stopped Saturday afternoon by a patrol on the A11 highway. A sniffer dog alerted officials to the stash, and the van was taken to a near police station and searched.

Sunday's police statement says the drugs had an estimated street value of 5 million euros ($6.9 million).

It wasn't immediately clear where the drugs came from and where the Italian driver and passenger were heading. Authorities loaded the drugs into 50 garbage sacks and seized them.


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