Friday, September 5, 1975
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
- iPOLICE CRACK DOWN
Hash trade booms in Austria
By DAVID STOREY
VIENNA (Reuter) - Austria,
poking like a long thumb into
Communist Eastern Europe,
has long been a convenient'
base for spies, smugglers and
gun - runners plying their risky
trade between East and West.
But in the last few years, Aus-
trian authorities have had a
new illicit traffic to contend
with - hashish smuggling.
A U S T R I A LIES directly
in the path between the hash-
ish - producing lands of the
Middle East and the pot parties
of Northern Europe.
Police haveknown for a
long time that the route be-
with the International Police'
THE MAIN target was to
plug the Austrian connection in
the hashish trail. The bureau
has also had minor successes
with hard drug smugglers. But
the heroin handlers rarely touch
Austrian soil except exclusive-
ly in transit at Vienna's Schwe-
The initial effect of the de-
partment rocked the hashish
dealers back on their heels and
forced them to rethink their en-
Whereas in 1971 less than 220
pounds of hashishwere con-
fiscated, in the year the de-
hind him, seems to enjoy thor- hicle brings the goods in, an-
oughly his cat-and-mouse game other takes them to a storage
with the drug smugglers, depot and another delivers
across the border into West
He was chasing the small-acostebrrinoWt
time dealers in Vienna for sev- Germany, according to the in-
en years before the national vestigators.
squad was set up. He delights Dr. Hoffman's department,
in the growing success of his which numbers 60 men spread
young department, which forc- throughout the country's nine
ed the hashish transporters to provinces, was temporarily
change their methods as soon fooled by the more complex
as it was established- method and the police catches
as itdecreased in 1973. Since then'
UNTIL THEN one vehicle its grip has tightened, again.
and one driver were used to More than 3,300 pounds of
bring the drugs into, across and hashish have already been
out of the country. Dr. Hoff- seized in a series of highly pub-
man's squad introduced rigor- licized cases during the first
ous border checks on cars and three months of this year.
trucks with certain number
plates, and the smugglers were
forced to adopt a more complex R
and costly chain system.
Under this method one ve- Daily Classifieds
Iran and Tur-
key and the lucrative smoking
grounds of West Germany, Hol-
land and Scandinavia cuts
across the center of the country.
But only in the last three years
has there been an organized
effort to stop it.
In February, 1972, Austria es-
tablished a central office for
fighting drug abuse and smug-
gling throughout the country,
which has formed close links
partment was set up 4,840
pounds were seized.
"UNTIL THE bureau was
formed, Austria was regarded
as an easy thoroughfare .
people would just drive in and
out with no fear of being
searched," said Ernst Hoff-
man, head of the Vienna-based
Dr. Hoffman, an alert, white-
haired professional detective
.with 32 years of police work be-
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