MIL OSI – Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Drug trafficking gang was suppressed in Adygea
Officers of the Unit for Drug Control of the Russian MIA Division for Maykop together with the regional FSB Administration implemented a complex of investigative measures against persons involved in illegal distribution of narcotic drugs. At the final stage of the operation, policemen were supported by servicemen of the Russian Guard for the Republic of Adygea.
The measures were implemented simultaneously at several addresses in the republican center. As a result, six active members of the organized group were detained already at the initial stage. A day later, the police established the location of the illegal business organizer in the Krasnodar Territory. All the seven persons are suspected of synthetic narcotic distribution in Adygea.
As was found out, the criminal activities had been carried out via dedicated websites, through secret caches with single doses of narcotics. By the moment, the operation of those websites has been blocked. In the beginning of the year, their ads were increasingly frequently placed on houses and fences in the capital of the republic. Suppression of that unlawful activity and anti-drug addiction issues in the region were then the cause for organizing the panel discussion “In Focus of Public Attention” at the branch of the All-Russia People’s Front in the Republic of Adygea.
The police detained the administrator and manager of the websites, packers, drug couriers, and cache makers.
Policemen carried out searches at the places of their detention and permanent residence. The police also confiscated office appliances, mobile telephones with SIM cards, and cash. Prohibited substances were found in a field on the outskirts of Maykop. The offenders had arranged a secret underground storing place there.
All in all, policemen seized over one kilogram of narcotics within the investigation and search operations. Forensic experts established that they included prohibited substances ‘salt’ and ‘spice’.
The authorities initiated criminal cases against all the defendants.
Upon the motion of the investigators, several detained men were remanded in custody.
It should also be noted that as of the moment of the detention several persons were in a state of narcotic intoxication, due to which they were sentenced to administrative arrest.
Officers of the police and security bodies are currently documenting their criminal activities.