Court acquits defendants accused of supplying cocaine from Dominican Republic
The drug was delivered to the Russian Federation diluted in liquid in bottles from under the Brugal and Barcelo rum.
The jury of the St. Petersburg City Court acquitted Andrey Bredkin, Georgy Kolvakh, Anton Melnikov and Yevgeny Savchenko, who were accused of drug smuggling committed in an organized group. The investigation claimed that the defendants were involved in transportation of cocaine from the Dominican Republic to Russia. The jury found the evidence insufficient, the joint press-service of the St. Petersburg courts reported.
In March 2015, Kommersant wrote about the detention of six suspects of drug smuggling at Pulkovo Airport. They had 25 bottles of rum Brugal and Barcelo with heroin diluted in them. Two “drug couriers” were released after interrogation, as they allegedly did not know about the contents of the bottles and simply agreed to help their friends bypass the customs limit on the import of alcohol. The materials in relation to the other four detainees were transferred to the court.