The Netherlands extradited to Russia a suspect of drug smuggling

Today, accompanied by officers of the National Central Bureau of Interpol of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service, Vladimir Krasavchikov - the organizer of an international criminal group engaged for nearly 10 years in smuggling cocaine from the Republic of Ecuador to Russia was extradited from the Netherlands to Russia.

The group used for transporting the drugs transatlantic ships regularly delivering commercial goods from the Republic of Ecuador to the Russian Federation, as a rule these were bananas. When fruit was loaded in Ecuadorian ports criminal partners-senders penetrated the ship and unnoticed by the crew hid packages of cocaine in office or cargo premises of the ship. Relevant information on the cargo and its place of concealment was passed to Russian partners.

After mooring the ship in the port of St. Petersburg and customs clearance the malefactors disguised as port workers or employees, or representatives of consignee-companies with false documents penetrated on board and during bananas unloading removed cocaine packages from their hiding place and out of the ship. Subsequently the cocaine was sold in the territory of the Russian Federation. The group functioned smoothly using this scheme since 2003.

In 2010, thanks to the close cooperation of the MIA Investigation Department, MIA of Russia General Directorate of Criminal Investigation, the Russian FSB, the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation their joint operation successfully blocked the drug trafficking and its main participants (a total of 9 people) were detained.

In addition to that, the implementation of operational information allowed seizing more than 70 kilograms of drugs with a total cost of at least U.S. $ 85 million.

However, Krasavchikov, the organizer and leader of the criminal syndicate, escaped from investigation and was included by Russian law enforcement agencies in the international wanted list.

Krasavchikov was detained in January 2012 in the Netherlands. In November of the same year the Supreme Court of the Netherlands confirmed the earlier decision of the Amsterdam Court for his extradition to the Russian colleagues then there started the stage of formalizing the extradition decision.

The earlier detained partners of Krasavchikov were convicted and sentenced to various terms of imprisonment.

Press-service of the MIA of Russia Investigation Department

Press-service of the National Central Bureau of Interpol of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs

Press-service of the MIA of Russia General Directorate of Criminal Investigation

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