Thief in law Garib detained in Moscow with methadone
The 44-year-old crime boss has already been arrested by the court on charges of illegal drug possession on a large scale. In 2010, on a similar charge, he escaped with a suspended sentence, and after the abolition of such a lenient sentence at the request of the prosecution, he disappeared and was put on a wanted list.
On January 18, officers of the Main Department of the Criminal Investigation of the MIA detained the thief in law Artur Garibyan near the restaurant Chef kebab&steak at Smolenskaya-Sennaya Square. During a personal search about 4 grams of the drug methadone were found in his possession and seized.
On January 19, the Khamovnichesky District Court of Moscow imprisoned Garibyan in custody on a charge of illegal drug possession on a large scale (part 2 of article 228 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). If the guilt of the thief in law is proved, he faces from 3 to 10 years in prison.
As reported by The CrimeRussia, in 2010, Garib was already tried for possession of methadone. However, the Krasnodar court then gave him 3 years and 2 months’ probation. After 2 months, the regional court upheld the cassation appeal of the prosecution and overturned the sentence that was too soft, according to the prosecutor’s office, and on January 14, the Garibyan's case was sent for a new trial by a different panel of judges. However, being at liberty, Garibyan did not appear at the hearing, after which he was declared wanted.
Known by the nicknames Garib and Artur Malen'ky, Artur Garibyan was "crowned" in 2005 at a thieves' meeting in Moscow on the recommendation of Dato Tashkent and with the consent of Shakro Molodoy, Ded Hasan, and several thieves in law of the Krasnodar region. At the beginning of the current decade, he was considered thief in law Aslan Usoyan's (Ded Hasan) protégé in the Kuban. As previously reported, after the murder of Sochi thief in law Alik Minalyan, Garib was given some of the assets of Minalyan, as well as the "title" of the unofficial underboss on show business in southern Russia.
In 2012, the thief’s status of Garib was doubted because of the conflict with the influential Sochi thief in law Gocho. However, then, Merab Dzhangveladze helped Garib to regain his rights. Subsequently, Artur became close to Edik Asatryan (Osetrina), with whom he closely kept in touch in Moscow until his arrest.
At the beginning of 2017, Garib was detained at the Larnaca airport by the Cyprus police at the Russian request, but escaped from custody right from a police wagon in the presence of guards on his way to the court of Nicosia city. The escape, organized in the spirit of a Hollywood blockbuster, the thief in law pulled off as soon as the handcuffs were removed from him, after which he disappeared, leaving on a motorcycle with an accomplice.