Thief in law Koncho detained with opium in Armenia
A large-scale purge of thieves in law, which started shortly after Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s coming to power, continues in Armenia. After receiving threats of arrests, thieves were taken in custody for carrying weapons and drugs.
Armenian police detained Norayr Piloyan aka Koncho on the night of July 20. The video of the thief’s detention was posted on the YouTube channel of the Armenian MIA.
The 39-year-old Norayr Piloyan, who was detained on Arshakunyats Avenue in Yerevan, is suspected of storage and use of narcotic substances. Searches in the house in the Karbi village, Aragatsotn region, revealed a knife with a secret lock, as well as a substance similar to opium.
In Armenia in May-June 2018, there was a wave of detentions of thieves in law.
In particular, security officials ‘paid a visit’ to such thieves as Zhirayr Brutyan (Zhiro Shaumyansky), Suren Avetisyan (Surik Leninakansky), Artem Gazaryan (Artemik Leninakansky), Armen Manukyan (Sevo), Gevork Melikyan (Gevorik Oshakansky), as well as Samvel Arutyunyan (Maneti Tha Samo), who had been previously detained, and Rafael Khoetsyan (Afo), the son of another thief in law, Rafik Khoetsyan (Khoy), and others. Those thieves who had weapons, armor, and drugs, were detained. Some of them were released after a preventive discussion. Norayr Piloyan (Koncho) was one of them.
Now he will suffer the same fate as the thief in law Andranik Arutyunyan (Ando Khromoy), who was arrested for storing methadone, and Aleksandr Makaryan (Alo), charged with marijuana possession. A criminal case has been initiated against Norayr Piloyan. He has been arrested.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.