VORS 69-01: 20 members of Georgian-Armenian-Azerbaijani gang detained in Lyon 

VORS 69-01: 20 members of Georgian-Armenian-Azerbaijani gang detained in Lyon
One of the detained thieves in law Photo: Screenshot

Participants of the organized criminal group are accused of flat burglaries, carjacking, the creation of false documents and the illegal distribution of narcotic drugs in France.

Foreign security forces conducted another large-scale special operation against organized crime. This time, in the course of joint actions, more than 300 law enforcement officers from France, Belgium, and Georgia detained 22 members of the criminal gang. The operation was called VORS 69-01.

As the director of the department of central criminal police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Vladimir Bortsvadze said at the briefing, the detentions were held in the French city of Lyon. Twenty-two members of the organized criminal group, consisting of citizens of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, were detained in France and Belgium. Bortsvadze noted that special forces, a dog service, and a helicopter took part in the special operation.

Among the detainees, there were 10 Georgian citizens, two of whom have the status of thieves in law - Mindia Nizharadze and Revaz Seskuriya, better known by the nickname Vepho.

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Participants of the organized criminal group are accused of flat burglaries, carjacking, the creation of false documents and the illegal distribution of narcotic drugs in France. Arrestees face up to 15 years in prison.

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During the search at the defendant’s apartments, jewelry, firearms, expensive cars, large sums of money, forged documents, methadone, and 1500 cigarette packs were found.

The damage from the activities of organized crime groups amounts more than 400 000 euros.

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