SBU blocks activity of powerful transnational drugs group
Officers of the SBU General Department for Fighting Corruption and Organized Crime jointly with the General Prosecutor's Office blocked activity of powerful transnational drug ring. This was announced at a briefing by Pavlo Demchyna, SBU First Deputy Head.
SBU operatives established that the organizers of illegal business are Russian citizens, who are on the international wanted list. They created an extensive drug sales network, for crypto-currency, in the former CIS territory. The sale of ‘goods’ was carried out via Internet-sites and chat-bots in the ‘Telegram’ messenger with the subsequent converting into cash and legalization of funds in the territory of Ukraine. “The daily turnover of drug dealers topped RUB 200,000,000 (USD 3,137,648),” said Pavlo Demchyna.
To protect the business, the group located its offices in Ukraine, while the general leadership was carried out by its leaders (Russian citizens) from the territory of Latin American countries.
Law enforcers documented that the organizers created the entire staff units for selection and recruitment of ‘employees’ to work as drug traffickers, pawnbrokers, and figureheads for registration of numerous crypto-wallets and crypto-exchange accounts. “The entire size of the ‘staff’ of the exposed drugs group reached almost 1,000 people,” said the SBU First Deputy Head.
It was established that by 2017 this group known as ‘Khimprom’ acted in the territory of Ukraine and the Russia. “After mass detentions in Russia, its main participants, citizens of the former CIS, moved to Ukraine and established a remotely controlled illegal business, having significantly enhanced the conspiracy measures,” said Pavlo Demchyna.
Within the framework of the initiated criminal proceedings, almost 70 searches were conducted at the places of residence of group members and their underground offices. During this searches, law enforcers seized money, ‘black accounting’ records, drugs, firearms, explosives, special equipment, which confirm the illegal activities. 20 group members were detained under Article 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine.
The pre-trial investigation in the criminal proceedings initiated under Part 4 Article 190, Part 3 Article 209, Part 1 Article 255, Part 3 Article 307 and Part 2 Article 364 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine is ongoing.
SBU Press Centre
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