Orel Region: 11-people drug gang faces trial
In the Orel region, a drug cartel comprising of 11 people faces trial over trafficking drugs in 3 regions.
The cartel sold synthetic drugs from April of 2014 to May of 2015, according to the Orel region Russian MIA Department. The cartel operated in the Orel, Kostroma, and Samara regions, selling synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones. The cartel had an around-the-clock call center to stay in touch with their clients and ensure unobstructed supply of drugs.
All the cartel members hail from former Asian Soviet republics, according to the police. The cartel had an arm in each of the three regions. The police of the 3 regions combined their forces to mount a special operation and arrest the cartel.
Investigators confirmed 55 instances of sale of drugs by the cartel so far. The police confiscated more than 2 kilos of 'salt' and 3.6 kilos of 'spice' during the operation and following searches.
The 11 arrestees will face trial soon. It is worth mentioning that 4 of them made plea bargains. They will be prosecuted separately from the rest and will face trial in the Kostroma and Orel regions. As for the other 7, they will be prosecuted by the Sverdlovsk District Court (Kostroma region).
Former member of the Federation Council believes that this once again points to numerous violations and falsification of evidence during the investigation of his criminal case on charges of bribe-taking in the amount of 27.5 million rubles ($457 thousand).