Polish services took part in an international action against a group that allegedly smuggled huge amounts of drugs containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine from Romania to the Czech Republic and Poland. The substances were to be used in the production of methamphetamine. Among the 18 detainees, 8 are Poles. The group was supposed to operate for two years in several European countries.
Polish services took part in the liquidation of the smuggling route of methamphetamine precursors. During the action carried out in Poland, RomaniaSlovakia and the Czech Republic a total of 18 people were detained, of which 8 in Poland, and inter alia, about 3 tons of drug precursors in Romania, and about 3.3 million tablets containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine in Poland.
Spokeswoman for the Central Police Investigation Bureau, sub-inspector Iwona Jurkiewicz, informed that police officers from the Katowice Police Department were working on the case of an international criminal group in Poland. CBSPofficers of the Carpathian Border Guard Department and prosecutors from the Silesian department of the National Prosecutor’s Office.
The International Investigation Team was working on the case
According to investigators, the group has been operating for two years in several European countries, including Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania and Romania. – The investigation findings show that huge amounts of drugs containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are methamphetamine precursors, were smuggled from Romania to the Czech Republic and Poland – explained the spokeswoman of the CBŚP.
– Due to the international nature of the investigation, an inter-state investigative team (JIT – Joint Investigation Team) was established, consisting of the Polish National Prosecutor’s Office from the departments in Katowice and Wrocław, the Romanian Prosecutor’s Office at the Supreme Court of Cassation in Romania, the Slovak Prosecutor’s Office of the Slovak Republic and the Czech The General Prosecutor’s Office of the Czech Republic – calculated.
– Actions in individual countries were carried out by local services, including the Romanian Politia Romana, the Slovak Narodna Kriminalna Agentura, the Czech Policie Ceske Republiky and were coordinated by Europol and Eurojust. Support was also provided by police officers from the Board in Wrocław CBŚP – reported.
18 people were detained, including eight Poles
The sub-inspector indicated that coordinated international actions were carried out in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania, during which a total of 18 people were detained. – In Poland, in the following provinces: Śląskie, Łódzkie, Dolnośląskie and in Warsaw, officers detained 8 people – she said.
– As part of an international operation, approximately 3 tons of drug precursors and several batches of drugs were seized in Romania. In Poland, about 3.3 million tablets containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, worth over PLN 4 million, were seized. During the operation, several properties were searched, including the places of residence of the suspects, storage rooms and offices of accounting offices, she noted.
Seven of the detainees were brought to the Silesian department of the National Prosecutor’s Office, and another person to the Lower Silesian department of the PK.
Allegations of participation in an organized criminal group
“The prosecutor of the Silesian Branch Office of the Department for Organized Crime and Corruption of the National Prosecutor’s Office in Katowice presented the detainees with allegations of participation in an organized criminal group, aiding and abetting in the production of large amounts of drugs” – informed the Press Department of the National Prosecutor’s Office.
“In the course of activities carried out under the supervision of the Lower Silesian Branch of the Department for Organized Crime and Corruption of the National Prosecutor’s Office in Wrocław, another person was detained, whom the prosecutor accused of transporting and processing precursors for the production of drugs” – noted PK. Prosecutors added that the prosecutor applied a preventive measure in the form of a financial surety against this suspect.
PK also reported that due to the need to secure the proper course of the proceedings, the fear of subterfuge and the severe punishment threatened by the suspects, the prosecutor sent five requests to the court for pre-trial detention against the suspects. “The court fully agreed with the prosecutor’s arguments, accepted all requests and applied a preventive measure in the form of pre-trial detention for three months,” PK added.
Drugs from a legal company
The spokeswoman for the Carpathian Border Guard Unit (KaOSG), Major Dorota Kądziołka, said that a private company legally operating in Romania, producing drugs containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are drug precursors, was used in the criminal practice. – They were distributed as two pharmaceutical products, one of which was registered as a medicine and authorized only in Romania. In the case of the second product, the Romanian company did not have a permit for its production and sale in Romania, or for export to other EU countries, emphasized the major.
– Tablets manufactured in Romania were officially purchased by companies in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Spain who bought them without a marketing authorization in these countries. However, the drugs did not reach the declared destination, but to various places in Poland, from where they were further distributed – she noted.
– Investigators established that during the period of the criminal group’s activity, a total of nearly 100 deliveries of drug precursors to Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia were made. It was established that the group transported a total of almost 168 million tablets, from which about 4.7 tons of methamphetamine with an estimated wholesale value of over half a billion zlotys on the black market could be obtained – added a spokeswoman for KaOSG.
The alleged acts detained in Poland may be punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Main photo source: KaOSG and CBŚP