The case of 16 citizens who had earned almost 300 million rubles from the sale of synthetic drugs was sent to court in Samara

“The Investigative Administration of the MIA of Russia Administration for the city of Samara has completed the preliminary investigation of the criminal case against 16 residents of the Samara Region accused of participating in a criminal community, legalizing money or other property acquired as income from illicit drug trafficking,” said the official representative of the Russian MIA Irina Volk.

“The preliminary investigation established that in the period from 2013 to 2016, the defendants were involved in the activities of the criminal community engaged in the distribution of synthetic drugs through an on-line store. The role of each participant was clearly defined: ‘retail courier’, ‘courier packer’, ‘wholesale courier’, ‘operator’, ‘programmers’. Five structural divisions were organized in the Samara, Ulyanovsk, Saratov regions, the Republic of Bashkortostan and the city of Moscow,” said Irina Volk.

According to investigators, payment for drugs by customers was carried out through one of the payment systems, with the subsequent withdrawal of funds to 252 bank cards of various credit institutions and their further cashing in the cities of Togliatti, Samara, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk. The total amount of legalized cash exceeded 285 million rubles.

The investigative unit of the MIA of Russia Administration for the city of Samara has initiated criminal cases on the grounds of crimes provided for by part 2 of Article 210, part 1 of Article 30, parts 4, 5 of Article 228.1 and part 4 of Article 174.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

“16 episodes of unlawful activities committed by members of the criminal community have been documented. The total mass of drugs seized from illicit trafficking exceeded 22 kilograms. In respect of 13 defendants, the court chose a preventive measure in the form of remand in custody, of other three - a subscription on their own recognizance and proper conduct,” the official representative of the department added.

Currently, the criminal cases are joined in one proceeding and with the approved indictment sent to the Kuybyshevsky District Court of the city of Samara for consideration on the merits.

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