Corrupt ex-drug police officer turns out to be Dominican baron
The investigation into the case against a former employee of the Federal Drug Control Service, who organized deliveries of cocaine from the Dominican Republic to Russia, has been completed.
Moscow City Court will consider the materials of the case against former Federal Drug Control Service officer Viktor Tolpygin, who, after being charged with a bribe, went underground and became a major cocaine supplier from the Dominican Republic to Russia, reports Rosbalt with reference to a source in law enforcement agencies.
According to the source, Tolpygin worked with the Federal Drug Control Service for a long time, and then started working in the Internal Affairs Directorate of the South-Western Administrative District. In 2010, the police officer learnt about an entrepreneur that was addicted to soft drugs. After acquiring the next consignment, the businessman was detained. A bag with hashish was found on him during the search. Tolpygin offered the entrepreneur to hush up this story in exchange for 15 thousand dollars.
The businessman agreed, called relatives and asked to borrow money. In total, 200 thousand rubles were collected. The police agreed to this amount. The entrepreneur promised to bring the remaining part of the bribe later, but instead turned to the Bureau of Internal Affairs. Tolpygin was rounded up and accused of Bribe-Giving (Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), after which he was released on his own recognizance.
The policeman went into hiding and was put on the federal wanted list. Being in an irregular situation, he decided to take up the drug business. According to investigators, in 2015, he met with some former colleagues from the Federal Drug Control Service, in particular, with Igor Smal, and offered them to become members of a drug cartel.
Tolpygin told his former colleagues that he had reliable suppliers of cocaine from the Dominican Republic. The delivery of the drug to Russia was allegedly already established, but the courier became familiar at the border, so it was necessary to find new carriers. The former policeman promised to pay for the trips and accommodation of a courier in the Dominican Republic, as well as to pay him 200 thousand rubles for each flight. Smal suggested that his friend Alexey Vorontsov be a courier. Tolpygin handed 10 thousand dollars to the latter, with which he flew to a foreign resort. In the city of Punta Cana, Vorontsov gave the money to a woman named by Tolpygin. The investigation failed to establish her identity. In return, the courier received a bottle of oil, which he took to Moscow. It turned out that cocaine was dissolved in the oil.
According to the materials of the case, Tolpygin used connections with the Deputy Chief of the Operations and Search Department of Sheremetyevo Customs. Before each flight, the customs officer was shown the courier and asked to ensure his passage without inspection before departure (since he transported a large amount of undeclared currency) and upon arrival, when he carried cocaine.
Vorontsov brought from one to three bottles of oil per flight from the Dominican Republic. After evaporation of the liquid, 550-630 grams of pure cocaine were obtained from each bottle. In April 2015, the Federal Drug Control Service learned about the business of Tolpygin. They detained Vorontsov and Smal with another consignment of the drug dissolved in the oil, but the organizer of deliveries himself managed to escape.
In 2016, Smal was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and Vorontsov - to 15 years and 3 months‘ imprisonment.
In 2017, law enforcement officers managed to detain Tolpygin. The court put him under house arrest, from which he fled again. The next time the ex-policeman was caught only in April 2018, after which the court sent him into custody.
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