Czech Republic and Saxony to intensify cooperation in fighting cross-border crime

The Czech Republic and Saxony will intensify cooperation in fighting cross-border crime, Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said at a press briefing on Monday following a meeting with his Saxony counterpart Markus Ulbig. The talks focused particularly on ways of curbing drug smuggling from the Czech Republic to Germany which has been a growing problem in recent years. There is a growing demand for the home-made drug crystal methamphetamine across the border; while in 2011 customs officials confiscated 3 kilos of the drug, in 2013 the amount rose to 14 kilograms. Drug law enforcement experts estimate that around six tons of the illegal drug is produced in home labs annually.