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SBU detains owner of Kyiv-based hookah bar on sale of smuggled cocaine to clients

SBU blocked activities of an organised group specialising in smuggling and sale of wholesale parties of drugs in Kyiv.

The group of drug traffickers was headed by a native of the Middle East who is also the owner of a hookah bar located in the city centre. The criminals were involved in smuggling illegal drugs from abroad for sale. They sold the goods to clients of the entertainment venue and through an extensive network of dealers throughout the metropolitan region. The offenders sold almost a kilo of cocaine every month.

During searches on the premises of hookah bar and at residences of defendants in the case, law enforcement officers seized over 200 grams of cocaine, more than 30 electronic cigarettes with cannabis as well as scales and packaging material for selling drugs.

The cost of the seized goods is over USD 30,000.

The owner of the bar was served a notice of suspicion of illegal production, making, purchasing, storage, transportation, sending or sale of narcotics, psychotropic substances or their analogues.

The investigative actions are ongoing on establishing and bringing to criminal responsibility other group members.

This operation was conducted under supervision of Kyiv local Prosecutor's Office No 6.


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