• Tue. Aug 29th, 2023

240kg Drugs Seized from Criminal Group

Aug 29, 2023
240kg Drugs Seized from Criminal Group
David Brown
Latest posts by David Brown (see all)

Irina Volk, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, announced that investigators successfully apprehended 28 members of an organized criminal group (OCG) operating across seven regions in Russia. The authorities confiscated a staggering 240 kilograms of drugs from the group, signaling a major blow to their illicit operations.

Disrupting an Organized Criminal Group’s Operations

In a significant operation, law enforcement officers seized over 240 kg of illegal drugs and discovered a substantial quantity of laboratory equipment. The joint efforts of investigators and police officers led to the removal of these narcotics from circulation, disrupting the criminal activities of the organized group.

The investigation revealed that the OCG comprised multiple interconnected units. One unit operated a drug laboratory in the Ivanovo region, manufacturing the illicit substances. The drugs were then transferred to couriers who distributed them to various regions. The OCG’s network further extended to local dealers who utilized an underground online store on the Dark Web to sell the narcotics.

From February 2021 to March 2023, the criminal group conducted its operations across the Ryazan, Penza, Bryansk, Lipetsk, Tver, Ivanovo, and Kostroma regions. During this period, the group was involved in at least 61 criminal incidents, highlighting the extent of their illicit activities and the significant impact of their dismantlement.

Legal action has been taken against all 28 members of the criminal group under Article 210 of the Criminal Code, which pertains to the organization and participation in a criminal community or organization, as well as Article 228.1 concerning the illegal production, sale, or transfer of drugs. Of the accused, 22 individuals have been remanded in custody, while the remaining members have been placed under house arrest as a preventive measure.