Lithuanian customs officers found almost €400,000 worth of psychotropic tablets hidden in a car they stopped at the border with Latvia last weekend, the Customs Criminal Service said on Thursday.

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Two young men, identified only by their initials G. K. and M. B., told the officers that they were heading for Finland when their Seat Alhambra was stopped for a check near the village of Germaniškis at around 5 AM on Saturday.

During the check, the officers discovered a large number of packs of Subutex, a prescription medication with psychotropic properties, tucked between two small lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries in the car's battery box.

The batteries were installed in the emptied automotive battery box to provide power to the car, leaving enough room for hiding the drugs.

A tablet of Subutex contains 8 milligrams of buprenorphine and is said to cost up to €150 per tablet on the black market in Finland.

The packs hidden in the car contained as many as 2,555 tablets with an estimated street value of up to €383,000.

Both men were arrested on suspicions of large-scale drug smuggling. If convicted, they face prison sentences of ten to 15 years.

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