Ivano-Frankivsk region: SBU blocks large-scale drug business, seizes marijuana worth EUR 50,000,000
The SBU blocked the activity of an organised group involved in large-scale cultivation and processing of marijuana in Ivano-Frankivsk region.
SBU operatives established that a resident of the Kosiv district and his associates rented a greenhouse-vegetable farm in one of the villages. The offenders planted elite cannabis sorts with high content of tetrahydrocannabinol in the four-hectare greenhouses. The commercial and office buildings have been adapted for the processing of drug materials.
During the special operation law enforcers detained one of the organisers and two co-organisers, as well as 20 employees working in the drug lab.
In the greenhouses’ special soil law enforcers found nearly 100,000 narcotic plants and over 1,000 kg of crumbled cannabis. The black market price of the drug made from this raw material would have topped EUR 50,000,000.
The plantation was equipped with high-tech systems for heating, lighting, irrigation, soil and air fertilization, with temperature and humidity sensors, a centralized video surveillance network and was guarded by service dogs.
The employees and security staff worked in two shifts and lived in the estate buildings with a kitchen and a dining room. During the work the staff was locked on the premises, to avoid thefts and AWOL.
The criminals sold finished drug for EUR 3,500 per kilo. A version is being verified about the bulk quantities of drug shipped abroad.
Within the framework of the criminal proceedings initiated under Part 2 Art. 307 (“Illegal production, making, purchasing, storage, transportation, sending or sale of narcotics, psychotropic substances or their analogues”) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine investigative actions is ongoing.
The operation was carried out jointly with the investigators of the Investigative Department and servicemen of the Department for Combating Drug Crime of the National Police Main Department under the procedural guidance of the regional Prosecutor's Office.
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