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  • 9 January 2013, 12:22

Brits in stink over 10m garlic scam

Garlic /Rex

Two Britons said to be behind a 10 million garlic smuggling scam are being hunted by police in Sweden.

Investigators believe the pair - not named by police - shipped tons of the pungent veg into neighbouring Norway from China and then trafficked it across the border to avoid EU import taxes.

State prosecutor Thomas Ahlstrand told local media: "We're talking about big money and a profitable operation. It involves many shipments of garlic."

According to a Swedish arrest warrant the pair set up a company in Norway in 2009 and have since smuggled more than 100 tons of garlic into Sweden to dodge a 9.6 per cent import duty.

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