Almost 2.5 million drugs seized – The ring was active since 2015
A Moldovan ring that manufactured and trafficked illegal anabolic and other pharmaceutical preparations, in Greece and abroad, was dismantled by the Directorate of Economic Police during a large police operation, which took place yesterday Thursday with the participation of executives Europol, in Marousi and Glyfada. As estimated by ELAS, the proceeds from the illegal activity of the criminal organization, as well as the total value of the seized drugs, amount to in tens of millions of euros.
During yesterday’s police operation, a 35-year-old Moldovan man was arrested, against whom a case file was filed for the offenses of criminal organization, forgery, as well as for violations of the laws on money laundering and on amateur and professional sports. In the case file that was formed, five of his compatriots, members of the criminal organization, are also included.
According to the Directorate of Economic Police, the spiral has been operating since 2015, while its methodology was as follows: Its members had formed two three-member cores, in Attica and Thessaloniki, while they had other collaborators in Europe, the USA and Asia. They manufactured the anabolics in three warehouses in Attica and Thessaloniki, while they procured the raw materials from Moldova and Bulgaria, through a travel agency and courier companies.
The drugs were sold through websites managed by members of the organization, as well as through encrypted e-mail addresses. The defendants placed the illegal substances in parcels, with the senders’ details of non-existent persons and companies, while transporting the parcels with the organization’s vehicles and carrying out their shipment through Greek courier companies, declaring false sender’s details.
At the same time, money transfer companies were used for payments, while the “Hawala” payment method was used for the further distribution of criminal proceeds.
It is noted that the action of the spiral was also expanding abroad. Specifically, in USA, Britain, Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Romania, Chile, Moldova, China, Israel, Lebanon, Colombia, Singapore, Ireland and Australia.
In police searches carried out in the two storage areas – preparation rooms, the following were found and confiscated, according to ELAS: 2,473,000 pieces of illegal anabolic steroids and other pharmaceutical preparations (ampoules – tablets – vials), manufacturing equipment and packaging materials, 3 mobile phones, 2 laptops and a number of portable digital storage media, a car, parcels ready to be sent, a number of bank transaction documents, shipping receipts and handwritten notes.
The arrested person, with the case file filed against him, was taken to the competent prosecuting authority and referred to a main interrogation.
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