Hundreds of drug dealers charged in Serbia
Police found eight house laboratories for the production of marijuana.
By Biljana Pekusic for Southeast European Times in Belgrade — 27/04/12
Serbian police found 3.2kg of various narcotics ready for street sale. [Reuters]
The arrest of 200 suspected drug dealers in a massive sweep by Serbian authorities targeting marijuana, heroin, cocaine and amphetamine sales was the most recent strike against illegal drugs in Southeast Europe.
Raids were conducted April 19th in 180 locations throughout Serbia, as police confiscated weapons, money and illegal drugs.
”The aim of this action is to suppress narcotics sales in the vicinity of primary and secondary schools,” Serbia Interior Minister Ivica Dacic told SETimes.
Security forces searched houses, apartments and about 30 cafes near schools. They found 3.2kg of various narcotics ready for street sale, as well as eight unregistered guns and a large quantity of ammunition. Sixteen cars were seized, including two that had been reported stolen.
Police in Sopot arrested Zeljko Vujic, 35, and found 2.7kg of heroin.
Five suspected drug dealers were arrested in New Belgrade, and police believe the group was part of a larger operation that allegedly had its own laboratory for the production of methamphetamines. Authorities said they also found chemical products and equipment for the production of drugs.
Serbia’s raid is the most recent in a series of police actions to stem the tide of illegal drugs. Police in the region commonly co-operate and jointly plan such operations.
”We have a daily exchange of information and drug criminals are under joint police escort in the region,” Milorad Veljovic, Serbia police director, told SETimes.
Earlier this year, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Serbia and Croatia co-operatated in an investigation into the region’s major drug gangs. The operation, under the code name ”Kozara,” was conducted at the request of the BiH Prosecutor’s Office, while Serbian and Croatian police handled the investigation and arrests.
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