Short chase – Carinthian dealer wanted to smuggle grass across the border

We always hear about imported drug crime, but on Tuesday a 38-year-old Carinthian man took matters into his own hands.

The man from the Klagenfurt-Land district went on a special shopping trip to Slovenia on Tuesday and was on his way home with two large bags of cannabis herb. But when he was checked at the Paulitschsattel border crossing near Bad Eisenkappel, he lost his nerve. “At immigration control he was asked to show his travel document and handed over his passport,” reports the police. “But then he evaded control and fled in his car.” A manhunt was immediately launched and the 38-year-old’s escape came to an abrupt end just under 13 kilometers away. “A patrol from the Austrian Federal Army was able to stop the man at the Seebergsattel border crossing,” said the police. When the vehicle was checked, the discovery was made: 654.88 grams of cannabis herb in two bags – an amount that, depending on the quality on the street, has a value in the mid to high four-digit range. When the 38-year-old Carinthian was arrested, even larger amounts of cash and a Cell phone found. “During questioning, the man confessed to the importation and possession of the cannabis herb,” the police conclude. “He was reported to the Klagenfurt public prosecutor.”
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