“In a bid to counter the upsurge in amphetamine trafficking from the Czech Republic to Germany, mixed patrols of armed customs agents will be deployed along the common border”, reports news website Novinky.cz. The measure has been announced in the wake of discussions between Czech Minister for Finance Miroslav Kalousek and German Secretary of State for Finance Hartmut Koschyk. Every day, at least one drug smuggler is arrested by German authorities, and the number of arrests has increased by 90 per cent since 2010. At the same time, the quantity of drugs seized has risen from 361kg to 532kg over the same period. According to Novinky.cz —
German authorities are convinced that the worsening situation has mainly been caused by a Czech drugs policy that they believe is too liberal […], which has prompted many German drug addicts to travel directly to the Czech Republic where drugs are available at a third of the prices charged in Germany.
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