Russian security forces defeated organized underworld
On the territory of Russia, 75 offenses related to illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and 22 crimes in the sphere of illegal arms trafficking were identified.
The Interpol National Central Bureau of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs took part in the international operation under the auspices of Interpol Trigger II. During the operation, law enforcers cleared the organized criminal groups specializing in the illicit trafficking in arms and drugs.
Police together with representatives of regional customs services, identifying illegal sales channels, carried out dozens of operational and investigative, preventive and control measures. So, in all regions of Russia, almost 2000 inspections of motor vehicles, more than 1500 inspections of persons have passed. Law enforcers revealed 75 offenses connected with illegal trafficking of narcotic drugs, 65 criminal cases were initiated. In the sphere of illegal arms trafficking, 22 crimes were identified, 20 criminal cases were instituted, and 9 firearms were seized.
The press service of the Russian Interior Ministry also reported that police officers held a number of detentions of organized criminal groups members involved in these crimes. The department does not specify the number.
It should be noted that during the operation Russian siloviki interacted with partners from Sweden, Slovakia, Belarus, and Estonia. In particular, at the request of Swedish law enforcement agencies, a Russian citizen, possibly involved in illegal arms trafficking and wanted by the Russian MIA in the Krasnodar region, was identified.
According to the investigation, having taken a five-billion loan ($88.7m) from Sberbank in 2008, the owner of Pavlovskgranit deliberately split up the assets of the company so that creditors could not bring a charge against him to court.