Bentley, Porsche and helicopter seized from drug lab founder in St. Petersburg
November 8, FSB officers in the Leningrad region conducted searches and detained a St. Petersburg business person Roman Zaytsev on suspicion of production and sale of drugs on an especially large scale.
As reported by Fontanka, 37-year-old St. Petersburg citizen has been detained by FSB officers at his home, namely, in an apartment in one of the elite houses in the south of St. Petersburg, comprising of two adjacent premises with a total area of 340 sq. m. According to the information available to Fontanka, the efforts were connected with the testimony of Zaytsev's friend, who had previously been arrested as part of this case.
In order to secure a possible court decision on the confiscation of property, two luxury cars – Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Panamera – and a helicopter Bell 407 worth about $3 million, stored in the Heli-Drive helicopter center in St. Petersburg, have been seized from Zaytsev. The aircraft has been sealed off as property allegedly acquired for criminal proceeds.
According to Fontanka, a criminal case under 'Manufacture and sale of drugs on an especially large scale' was initiated last year.
The St. Petersburg company Sibiryak LLC, specializing in the rental of helicopters, is the main asset of the detained Roman Zaytsev. Its co-owner is Ivan Yatsenko, who owns Heli-Drive.
There is information about labs in the case materials, with which, according to the FSB Investigative Department, Zaytsev was connected. The publication's sources compared the production of drugs, ran by Zaytsev, with the drug lab in Breaking Bad, but on a larger scale.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.