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Norwegian customs: Smuggler hid cigarettes, alcohol in coffin

Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM   |   Comments

HALDEN, Norway, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Norwegian authorities said a customs officer at the Swedish border discovered 20,000 cigarettes and about 130 gallons of liquor hidden in a casket.

Investigators said the customs officer became suspicious of a Latvian driver who claimed to be bringing a Norwegian home for burial Monday and officers popped open the coffin to discover the cigarettes and alcohol instead of a human corpse, The Local.no reported Tuesday.

The driver is facing smuggling charges, officials said.

"It demonstrates just how imaginative smugglers can be," said Paul Horne of the Ostfold police.

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