Police arrests 15 people of drugs gang in Saratov
The Saratov police arrested a gang selling synthetic drugs.
A criminal case was opened against the gang members for breaking article 210, parts 1 and 2 of the Russian Criminal Code.
The gang began operating in the region in December of 2016, according to the police. It had a well-defined hierarchy. There were 'couriers' (people leaving packages with drugs in predetermined areas for customers to pick up, translator’s note), 'sales managers', and 'advertisers' in the gang.
The gang spent a portion of money made from drugs sale on procuring new batches of ingredients and paying for transportation and storage expenses, according to investigators.
The gang was arrested in the late April. The police found about 1 kilo of potent synthetic drugs during searches.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.