News Summary: Sweden seeks 2 garlic smugglers

Updated at: 01/09/2013 10:37 AM
By The Associated Press

WHAT’S THAT SMELL?: Swedish prosecutors have issued international arrest warrants for two Britons suspected of masterminding a smuggling ring involving over a ton of Chinese garlic.

FOLLOWING THE SCENT: The men avoided some (EURO)10 million ($13.1 million) in Swedish taxes by shipping the garlic to Norway by boat, then driving it across the expansive Norwegian-Swedish border, avoiding customs checks and thus Swedish import duties.

HOT AND SPICY: Garlic from China accounts for nearly 80 percent of world output and is often significantly cheaper than local varieties.

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