33 members of drug gang convicted in Ufa
The gang used to sell drugs in several regions of the country.
In Ufa, criminal proceedings were conducted against members of an OCG, who had distributed drugs in Bashkiria, Tatarstan, as well as in the Omsk, Chelyabinsk, Udmurtia and Kursk regions for several years.
The group comprised of 33 people, including natives of Bashkiria and the neighboring regions, as well as citizens of Latvia and Azerbaijan.
According to the investigation, in the period from October 2014 to May 2015, the gang committed over 30 serious crimes related to drug trafficking. They worked according to the following scheme – large consignments of drugs were handed over to wholesale couriers who packaged them in batches with single fixes and then passed on to other members of the group. The latter, in turn, hid the fixes in stashes. In accordance with the classical scheme, customers received information about the exact location of such stashes only after paying for the purchase.
As reported by the press service of the Bashkortostan Prosecutor's Office, the police managed to detain the criminals back in 2015. The arrests were held in Ufa, Omsk, Izhevsk, Chelyabinsk, Kursk, and Kazan.
During searches, operatives seized over 22 kg of narcotic drugs from stashes, apartments, and cars of the OCG members. In addition, they found numerous cell phones and SIM cards, as well as electronic scales.
The Sovetsky Court of Ufa found all 33 defendants in the case guilty under ‘Preparation and attempt at illicit drug sales by a group of persons by prior conspiracy’ and ‘Illegal possession of drugs’. Depending on the role and extent of participation in the commission of crimes, the defendants were sentenced to 3-13 years of imprisonment in colonies of general and strict regime.
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