“During the check of operational information, officers of the Drug Control Department of the of the MIA General Administration for Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region within the framework of the interdepartmental interaction with the Vyborg Customs Office suppressed the activities of an organized group specializing in drug trafficking,” said Irina Volk, the MIA official representative.
A heavy truck, which arrived in Russia from the Baltic States, successfully passed the control at the Ivangorod checkpoint of the Kingisepp Customs. After unloading the goods declared in the customs declaration, the vehicle proceeded to the settlement of Siversky, the Gatchinsky District. Operatives deliberately did not inspect the truck at the customs to identify the entire chain of suspects involved in drug trafficking.
The final stage of the police operation was held in the village of Siversky, the Gatchinsky District. Unaware of being secretly watched by operatives four offenders opened a cache located in the frame of the trailer of their truck and reloaded hashish into another vehicle. At that point, the suspects were detained.
The group turned out to be an international one. According to operative data, it was led by a Russian, and an unemployed citizen of the Republic of Belarus and drivers - a Lithuanian citizen and an Estonian citizen - were ordinary members of the group.
The police seized from the suspects 2677 bars of narcotic drug “hashish” with a total mass of more than 266 kilograms.
The MIA General Administration for Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region initiated against the suspects, criminal proceedings on the grounds of the crime provided for in Part 4 of Art. 229.1 of the RF Criminal Code. Placement to custody was selected by court as the preventive measure for all the suspects.
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