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Swedish man gets 10 years in jail for opium

A 51-year-old man from Umeå in northern Sweden was sentenced to 10 years in prison for aggravated drug crimes involving 4 kilogrammes of opium, local media reported on Friday.

Swedish man gets 10 years in jail for opium

The prosecution had pushed for a 14-year prison sentence, but the man demonstrated extraordinary candor during the investigation of the crime, newspaper Västerbottens Folkblad reported on Friday.

Police were able to solve the crime thanks to the man’s cooperation. As a result, Umeå district court gave him a shorter sentence.

The man was originally arrested for being under the influence of narcotics last month. Police later found several grams of opium in his home, but he tipped them off about a lot more under the sink, where they found two packages of the drug weighing a total of kilogramme.

The man also revealed that he regularly buys and sells opium to customers in Umeå, the report said. In addition, police found a bag in the apartment with 712,000 kronor ($100,000).

Based on the amount of money in the bag and the street price of opium, the prosecution concluded that the man had sold three kilogrammes of the drug, a judgment shared by the district court, the report said.

At the trial on December 29th, the man said that he has never engaged in the sale of drugs and claimed that he was keeping the recovered funds for another person. He added that he does not smoke opium himself due to medical reasons, the newspaper reported late last year.

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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