Drugs worth almost 2 million lei seized by law enforcement
12:29 | 07.10.2021 Category: Social
Chisinau, 7 October /MOLDPRES/- A criminal ring specializing in sale of synthetic drugs through online stores has been dismantled by law enforcement.
According to PCCOCS data, during the operation, 12 searches were carried out and four people were detained. Of the detained extras, one is a man and the other people are women. The members of the group are between 25 and 35 years old and come from Odessa, Ukraine. The four divided their roles into couriers, depositor and administrator.
In order to carry out an unhindered illegal activity, the leader of the group, located in Ukraine, hired a computer scientist, who created a secure communication tool, used to recruit new members, assign roles, send instructions and control actions. It mainly recruited Ukrainians as couriers for transporting drugs from Ukraine to Moldova. Once in Chisinau, couriers rented cars, apartments or rooms in the hotel, then for a few days they packed the drugs according to the required quantities and placed them in hiding for customers in Chisinau and Balti.
Following the searches, from the homes and hotel rooms rented, the law enforcement officers picked up several packages of PVP drugs - 2.5 kg, marijuana in the form of buds - 1.5 kg, Ecstasy pills - 500 pieces, mushrooms with effect hallucinogen - 100 gr, draft documents, as well as electronic scales. On the black market, the value of high drugs is estimated at about 1,900,000 lei.
Law enforcement officials say that since the beginning of this year, members of the group have transported and placed in hiding in Moldova, over 35 kg of PVP drugs, 20 kg of high quality marijuana, over 10,000 Ecstasy pills and over 1 kg of mushrooms with hallucinogenic effect.
According to criminal law, the deeds of which the four are suspected are punishable by imprisonment from 7 to 15 years.