Gang of heroine smugglers detained in occupied Crimea

Source : 112 Ukraine

They smuggled the drugs from Iran to the EU via the territory of Ukraine
15:50, 22 June 2021

Drugs in occupied Crinea, June 2021
Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine

Ukrainian law enforcers have busted the heroine smuggling channel from Iran to the EU across Ukraine; the operation took place in the occupied Crimea. Press department of the Prosecutor General's Office reported that on June 22.

It was an international special operation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Anti-Drug Department of National Police of Ukraine, as well as Moldovan authorities. The group managed to shut down the transnational organized crime gang, which smuggled heroine across Ukraine.

It appeared that Turkish and Moldovan citizens set the smuggling mechanism across Crimea. They created bogus firms that allegedly dealth with transportation of construction materials. The hid the drugs in shallow bricks and thus transported them to Moldova. There, they had a storage where they packed the drugs and sent them to EU member countries.

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The law enforcers seized 1,092 packs with heroine with the total weight of 235 kilograms. The price of the cargo on the black market would amount to 10 million Euros. Seven smugglers were apprehended; they face from eight to ten years behind the bars - with confiscation of their belongings.

Related: Two Ukrainians sentenced for alleged distribution of drugs in occupied Crimea

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