Since early 2020, Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) seized 238 kilograms of drugs, 223 kilograms of precursors and 56 kilograms of psychoactive substances, as culprits tried moving them across the border. Besides, the SBU blocked illegal shipments of tobacco products. 8.5 million packs of cigarettes, 26.7 tons of counterfeit hookah tobacco and 22 tons raw materials for production of cigarettes. Press office of the SBU reported that on Tuesday.
One of the most notable cases was blocking of shipments of South American cocaine across Pivdenny port in Odesa. In May, the law enforcers seized 53.4 kilograms, and in September - more than 100 kilograms.
The service claims effective cooperation with law wnforcers from other countries. For example, actions of a powerful criminal gang was ceased thanks to the joint efforts of the SBU, Europol, counterparts from France, Poland and Slovakia.
"The group was focused on production and illegal shipment of wholesle quantity of steroids. More than 27- law enforcers were involved in the international special operation. Eventually, 24 responsible individuals were detained on the territory of the EU, and assets in the amount of almost 2.1 million Euros were frozen", the SBU stated.
Since the beginning of the year, the SBU opened 39 cases for illegal shipment of drugs, precursors and psychoactive substances; 24 people were judged.