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SBU blocks international drug cartel

Officers of the SBU Main Department for Fighting Corruption and Organized Crime blocked the activities of the largest (for the past ten years) Internet drug trafficking network, jointly with Israeli Police and under the procedural supervision of the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine.

The law enforcers established that in 2017, a citizen of Israel used social messengers to create an Internet channel for the wholesale supply of drugs and psychotropic substances. In a few years, illegal business has expanded and such ‘trading platforms’ begun to mushroom in other social networks. According to Israel police, the geography of the criminal activity of drug traffickers expanded to the countries of South and North America, the European Union, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The cartel consisted of over 13,000 people, including smugglers, dealers, social networks group administrators.

On March 12, Ukrainian law enforcers basing on the motion about international assistance, detained the head of the drug cartel in Kyiv, where he arrived to create ‘business communication’ with representatives of local criminal circles.

Currently, the foreigner has been transferred to the National Police of Ukraine for the organization of his extradition to the native country.


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Zhydkov Dmytro Mykhailovych
Shevchenko Daniil Borysovych
Yatsenko Viktor Viacheslavovych

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