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Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English

The offender was found guilty of participation in a criminal community, four facts of sale, attempted illicit sale of drugs committed using the Internet by an organized group in large and especially large amounts, as well as money laundering.
The activity of the criminal community, which included 12 people, was suppressed by officers of the Drug Control Administration of the MIA of Russia Administration for the Novgorod Region in May 2018.
As it was established during the preliminary investigation, from May 2017 to May 2018, criminal community members, through the so-called system of caches, distributed in the Novgorod Region large batches of narcotic substances brought from other regions.
The so-called couriers, through correspondence in Internet messengers, received instructions from the curator on the delivery of large batches of narcotic drugs. After that, they brought them to the Novgorod Region, where they transferred them to “warehouse keepers” through hiding places. The latter packed them in smaller parties and, using the same system of hiding places, passed them on to direct distributors of narcotic drugs. To conduct financial transactions, the offenders used both the electronic payment system and the cryptocurrency.
It should be noted that during the investigation of criminal cases, police officers and investigators seized more than 7 kilograms of synthetic drugs from illegal trafficking.
These drugs were found in hiding places located in the territory of Veliky Novgorod, as well as during searches of the suspects’ places of residence, and were intended for sale among Novgorod youths and other drug users from among residents of the regional center and surrounding districts.
The defendant pleaded guilty to crimes and during the investigation concluded a pre-trial agreement on cooperation, so the criminal case against him was considered in a special regime.
He was sentenced by court to 10 years of imprisonment in a strict regime penal colony.
Currently, a criminal case against another suspect is being considered by the Novgorodsky District Court. The criminal case against the remaining members of the criminal community is being investigated by the regional Administration of the MIA of Russia.


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