SBU operative busted with drugs, weaponry kept at home

Source : 112 Ukraine

State Investigation Bureau team seized an assault rifle, over 3,000 rounds of 5.45 mm caliber, two hand grenades, a throwable explosive device and 12 grams of amphetamines
16:28, 2 October 2020

Ammo and explosives seized in Kharkiv region, October 2020
State Bureau of Investigations

A worker of department of the SBU (Ukraine's state security service) illegally kept an arsenal and drugs in his house in Kharkiv region, northeastern Ukraine. Press office of the SIB, State Investigation Bureau of Ukraine reported that on Friday.

The pre-trial investigation showed that the suspect kept an AKS-74 assault rifle, some 3,000 rounds of 5.45 mm caliber, two hand grenades, and a throwable explosive device. Besides, during the authorized search, SIB operatives found amphetamines in total weight of 12 grams.

Thus, the SBU operative is suspected of illegal storage of firearms and explosives, without a due permission; he is also suspected of purchase and storage of psychoactive substances. The culprit might face from three to seven years behind the bars.

Related: Record 56.4 kg of cocaine worth $7,2 million seized in Odesa region

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.

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.

Related: Since early 2020, 228 kg of drugs, 223 kg of precursors, 56 kg of psychoactive substances seized in Ukraine


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