Ukraine prevents attempt to smuggle 81-million-dollar batch of heroin to EU

Source : 112 Ukraine

The value of seized drugs at black market is over 2.3 billion hryvnias (81,2 million dollars)
12:54, 6 January 2021

The Security Service of Ukraine has prevented an attempt to smuggle a record batch of heroin to the EU
Security Service of Ukraine

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has prevented the smuggling of a record consignment of heroin to the European Union. This was reported by the SBU’s press service.

As a result of a long multi-pronged special operation, the Security Service managed to document the illegal activities of a transnational organized criminal group with Turkish citizens in its composition.

In particular, the Turkish members were the ones who organized the importation of heroin into Ukraine on a ship that arrived at the Odesa Sea Commercial Port in December 2020. The drugs were hidden in a food container.

Law enforcement officers found 1,035 kg of the substance prepared for transportation. The value of seized drugs is over 2.3 billion hryvnias (81,2 million dollars).

Related: Old lady tried smuggling drugs across Ukraine-Russia border

As we reported earlier, back in November State Border Guard Service workers found brickets of cocaine that arrived in Odesa from Ecuador.

"Odesa border unit, together with law enforcers detected 20 brickets of cocaine in Pivdenny seaport. The drug was found in a container from Ecuador. Brickets with cocaine were hidden in the air hatches of a container with bananas," reads the message.

Related: In 2020, Ukraine’s Security Services exposed 3 spies, 15 enemy agents, 40 members of illegal armed formations

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