Odessa: Thief in law Antimoz's relative arrested for suspected drug trafficking

Odessa: Thief in law Antimoz's relative arrested for suspected drug trafficking
Antimoz Kukhilava

The police had to break into a car through a side window.

The Ukrainian National Police arrested dangerous criminals in downtown Odessa on February 23, according to Dumskaya’s source in the Prosecutor’s Office.

The police arrested two foreign nationals in a SUV on the Lev Tolstoy Square. The police had to break into the car through a side window, according to Dumskaya.

The arrestees are suspected of selling large quantities of heroin. The one who is the gang leader is a relative of Antimoz Kukhilava aka Antik or Antimos, Dumskaya noted. Kukhilava is one of the most influential and active Odessa region thieves in law. The arrestee has not been named by the police.

Kukhilava had returned to Odessa more than a year ago, the publication noted. Kukhilava is trying to take control of all business activities in the Odessa region and affect elections to promote his interests, as the CrimeRussia reported earlier.

Out of Omar Bekaev aka Omar Ufimsky, Mindy Goradze aka Lavasogly Batumsky, and Antimoz Kukhilava. Kukhilava is the most active Odessa region thieves in law, according to Head of the Ukrainian National Police Main Directorate Dmitry Golovin.

To recall, the Ukrainian MIA, the Criminal Investigation Department, and the Ukrainian National Police Main Directorate had long been working to invent a legal reason to make Kukhilava leave Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities tried to deport Antimoz Kukhilava’s younger son and crime lord in July 2017. His son was de-facto running his business. 32-year-old Nurik Kukhilava was arrested with a Ukrainian passport he had illegally acquired. However, he was released from jail three days later.

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