Officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) stopped the activities of a cross-border criminal group that stole money from EU citizens. The attackers then used these finances in the field of drug trafficking. According to preliminary information, the losses from the group's activities amount to millions of euros, the SBU press service reports.
According to available data, the group operated for two years and consisted of 11 people. The attackers specialized in robbing bank terminals with the help of special technical means.
The criminals made about 500,000 euros of income in just one act of robbery.
The latest crime was recorded in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There they invested the stolen money in the drug business. In particular, they organized the transfer of "Rotterdam" cocaine for sale in Ukraine.
The transfer was carried out in batches of half a kilogram each. In addition to cocaine, the perpetrators traded other drugs.
In Lviv, SBU operatives conducted a special operation and detained dealers red-handed during the next sale of 200 grams of cocaine worth UAH 500,000 ($18,400).
Three members of the group were informed about the suspicion under Part 2 of Art. 307 ("Illegal production, manufacture, acquisition, storage, transportation, shipment or sale of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances or their analogues") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
As part of the open criminal proceedings, law enforcement officers conducted 19 authorized searches in Lviv, Odesa and Volyn regions, which resulted in the seizure of: drugs worth UAH 1.3 million ($47,800), weapons and more than half a million hryvnias.
Investigative actions are underway. The issue of announcing other suspicions, in particular under Art. 361 ("Unauthorized interference in the work of computers, automated systems and computer networks") of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
As it was reported, on November 29, the police detained malefactors who adjusted sale of methadone in several regions of Ukraine.