You have got to be shitting me

 Jokes aside, this has to be one of the most asine things I have ever seen and that’s saying a shit load:

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors have issued international arrest warrants for two Britons suspected of masterminding a smuggling ring involving Chinese garlic.

The men first shipped the garlic to Norway by boat, where it entered the country duty-free since it was considered to be in transit, prosecutor Thomas Ahlstrand said Wednesday. They then drove large shipments of garlic across the Norwegian-Swedish border, avoiding customs checks and thus Swedish import duties.

Ahlstrand said the men avoided paying some €10 million ($13.1 million) in Swedish taxes with the scheme, which took place in 2009 and 2010. A lengthy police investigation led to the identification of the two Britons.

Ahlstrand initially said they smuggled in 1.2 tons of garlic, but later said the exact amount was unclear.

It was not the first time smugglers have shown a preference for garlic from China, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of world output and is often significantly cheaper than local varieties.

In 2010, Polish authorities seized six containers with 144 tons of Chinese garlic that had been smuggled into the country via the Netherlands.

It was not immediately clear whether the Polish smuggling was linked to the Swedish case.

Copyright © 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

If it was fucking Romania I’d at least see a modicum of sense but FUCKING SWEDEN?!?!?  I thought Vampires hated the fucking cold?  And if they’re in Sweden what the fuck are they sucking on, Tina Nordström,  The Swedish Bikini Team or the fucking reindeer?

We’re fucking doomed

 

19 comments

  1. 1
    Terrapod growls and barks:

    Well now, let us imagine the reaction if those were containers of AK’s and crates of ammunition legally shipped to St. Petersburg Russia duty free then “illegally” driven to France overland for the “youts” in the banelieus? Hmmm. Good thing the Swedes don’t have nukes :em03:

  2. 2
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    I’d take a dozen

  3. 3
    MarineVet1995 growls and barks:

    10 million in taxes? For fucking garlic? Not dope of any kind, but garlic? Does it occur to anyone in charge over there that if the laws have made it worthwhile to smuggle a normal, everyday spice.. that maybe their shit is fucked up? How exactly does a country justify taxes on non-criminal goods to the point where smuggling becomes a viable option, and makes a 2 year investigation worthwhile financially? For fucking Garlic??

  4. 4
    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    MarineVet1995 @ #:
    But its very, verrry good garlic.

  5. 5
    HempRopeAndStreetlight growls and barks:

    This is the paradise they want to install here in the U.S.A!

  6. 6
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Let’s see…

    You have immigrants flooding into your country faster than the Russian Army pouring over the Seelow Heights in 1945.

    Your native women can’t walk down the street in anything less than a burka because if they don’t they’ll be the main attraction at a gang rape

    Your socialist welfare state is paying (and collapsing at the same time) said immigrants to sit on their lazy asses and suck you dry all the while preaching cutting off your heads in the name of Allah and Mo (pigs piss and SHIT be upon both of them)

    And your worried about garlic???

  7. 7
    single stack growls and barks:

    As stupid as going to such lengths over garlic is, this isn’t really about the garlic.
    Nothing animates the greed of bureaucrats like not giving the tax man his piece of the action.

  8. 8
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    LC Light29ID @ #:

    And your worried about garlic???

    The Swedish government cares as much about garlic as our own does about what folks in Appalachia do with corn, sugar, and water. They don’t give a rat’s ass. They do, however, care a great deal about the potential taxes on both products.

  9. 9
    Chuck growls and barks:

    I just did some rough figuring on what I paid for garlic at the store today and if the 1.2 ton figure is right, that is 10 million euros in taxes for what is less than $10000 worth of garlic. It would have to be approx. 1625 tons to make the tax rate 100% of the retail value. I’d smuggle it, too.

  10. 10
    Tallulah growls and barks:

    This has nothing to do with the noble root, but I wanted to share this with all of you. Walt is a wonderful balladeer, and he often leaves a poem that says it all, over at The Belmont Club.

    Tonight, on the beautifully melancholy thread “The Siege of Merimna,” he left this gem in reply to those in despair.

    Be not afraid. It is truthfully said that things look darkest before the dawn. Be mindful that present time crawls by in one-inch increments, while past time is a blink of an eye. This too shall pass, and he who cannot be named will be gone on 20 January 2017, regardless of what some may think and say.

    Great harm may and will come to the country between now and then, but we shall survive. We always have. Our heroes have not deserted us: they form the basis of our lives, give strength to our arms, and vision to see through the gathering dark. They are always near.

    The sword of Welleran is sheathed
    The scabbard green with mold
    The land the heroes past bequeathed
    Now shudders with the cold
    As icy winds swirl round her face
    And Leftists now on high
    Bring forth dishonor and disgrace
    With every lefty lie.
    But heroes are not merely ghosts
    They live and always will.
    They walk yet still their weary posts
    Their eyes on yonder hill
    Where lurks the man who would be king
    Who lies with every breath
    And desolation on us bring
    And for the country, death.
    He’ll not succeed; the sword’s unsheathed
    The marbled ghosts are here,
    They gleam with light, and laurel-wreathed
    They always will be near.

  11. 11
    LC Draco growls and barks:

    Tallulah @ #:

    AWESOME!!!

    :em01:
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  12. 12
    LC Spare Parts growls and barks:

    I’ve heard of black markets but this one stinks.

  13. 13
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Many similarities to the ascension of Islamofacism in Egypt. Those yearning for freedom in Iran have found no friend in Obama. Remember Neda Agha-Soltan, a victim of shia repression.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  14. 14
    TheRoyalFamily growls and barks:

    These evil foreigners (because they’re white Anglo-Saxons most likely, of course they’re evil) are depriving the .gov of its hard-earned taxes. They’re pretty much stealing. Is it not the duty of the state to right wrongs such as these?

    :em07:

  15. 15
    Kristophr, LC growls and barks:

    Gee … high tariffs on everything cause smuggling of everything.

    What a shock … :em02:

  16. 16
    KArnold growls and barks:

    Now, let’s replace “garlic” with “cigarettes”…
    “import duties” with “punitive taxes”…
    and “Sweden” with “New York City.”

    Suddenly, the reason why 60% of the smokes in pockets and purses throughout Manhattan were acquired on the black market becomes clear.

  17. 17
    Alan K. Henderson growls and barks:

    It’s been a few centuries since European powers fought wars over the Oriental spice trade. Is a comeback in the works?

  18. 18
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    QUESTION

    MISHA, should the FBI come knocking at your door, what protections do we have that we are not “exposed “to them???

    Also, Could a lefty like DJ expose US????

  19. 19
    GamerFromJump growls and barks:

    Lessee… 1.2 tons is 2400 lbs. For the taxes on that to be €10 million, the taxes would have to be €4166.66… /lb.

    !

    !!

    How the sweet jumpin’ Buddha did they come up with a figure like that?! Did they hire accountants from the RIAA or something? Somebody jumped a decimal point or some shit. Even then (12 tons or €1 million) it doesn’t add up.