Armenian authorities nab thieves in law in preventive raid 

Armenian authorities nab thieves in law in preventive raid
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Some of them had drugs and weapons.

Last weekend, the Armenian police intensified their efforts to ensure public order, improve road safety, prevent violations and reveal offences. This was reported by the Novosti-Armenia with reference to the press service of the department.

The Ararat region security forces conducted inspections at the houses of several dozen crime figures. 33 of them were brought to the station, one of them had drugs.

During inspections in the Kotayk region, five local crime lords and 13 ex-cons were brought to the PDs. Those refusing to comply with the legitimate demands of the police were also detained. 

A number of people, including crime lords, were also brought to police stations in the regions of Shirak, Tavush, Gegharkunik and Vayots Dzor. One incidence of voluntary surrender of illegally stored weapons and ammunition was documented in Vardenis.

In addition, Armenian thieves in law now get isolated from the rest of the convicts in prisons. According to Zhamanak, some of them are placed in the Yerevan-Kentron penitentiary institution, which is more popularly known as “the KGB basement”. A few more crime bosses were transferred to the Goris penal institution (Syunik Region). This way the Ministry of Justice is hoping to weaken the influence of the underbosses over ordinary prisoners and "restore order in the system," the newspaper said.

The mass arrests of local mafia bosses and searches of their homes began last spring, when opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan came to power as a result of the “velvet revolution”.

The security forces combed the homes of thieves in law like Samvel Arutyunyan (Samvelik), Zhirayr Brutyan (Zhiro Shaumyansky), Norayr Piloyan (Koncho), Suren Avetisyan (Surik Leninakansky), Artyom Gazaryan (Artemik Leninakansky), Armen Manukyan (Sevo), Gevork Melikyan (Gevorik Oshakansky), as well as the recently detained Samvel Arutyunyan (Maneti Tha Samo), Rafael Khoetsyan (Afo) - the son of another thief in law Rafik Khoetsyan (Khoy) and many others. The searches turned up weapons, ammunition and drugs, so some of the underworld reps were subjected to administrative detention. Subsequently, Andranik Arutyunyan (Ando Khromoy) and Alexander Makaryan (Alo) were accused of storing narcotic substances.

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