The officers of the Silesian Central Investigation Bureau of the Police, together with the Border Guard and Czech customs officers from the Czech Republic, defeated an international organized crime group that was involved in the production and sale of methamphetamine. More than 2 million tablets containing pseudoephedrine or synthetic opioids were secured during the operations. Marijuana, amphetamines and three firearms were also seized.
For several months, policemen from the Katowice Central Police Investigation Bureau and Border Guard officers, as well as Czech customs officers from Frydek Mistek, investigated an international criminal group dealing with marketing pseudoephedrine drugs, which were then used to produce methamphetamine – a highly addictive synthetic drug.
In the course of the investigation, it was found that pharmaceuticals containing pseudoephedrine mainly went to Czech producers of methamphetamine, especially from the Silesia-Moravian region, who distributed the finished product both in their country and smuggled back to Poland.
11 people from Poland and the Czech Republic were arrested
A coordinated international action was carried out, the result of which was the arrest of a total of 11 people on both sides of the border – six Czechs and five Poles. Three were taken from the pre-trial detention center to the prosecutor’s office. In Poland, activities were carried out in the Małopolskie and Mazowieckie voivodships.
During the action, over 2 million tablets containing pseudoephedrine or synthetic opioids, drugs in the form of marijuana and amphetamines, a number of reagents for the production of the drug, three firearms, including a home-made submachine gun with a silencer with magazines and several hundred pieces of ammunition of various caliber were seized. .
In the Czech Republic, three complete lines that could be used for the production of methamphetamine were closed, and two of them were producing this drug. The officers discovered the fourth line in Poland. The activities also led to the identification of two warehouses that were used to store illegal pharmaceuticals.
Allegations of participation in an organized criminal group
Money belonging to the suspects was secured against the impending penalties – a total of about PLN 223,000. Investigators found that since 2016 gang members could market over 32,000 packages of tablets containing pseudoephedrine or synthetic opioids, worth nearly PLN 2 million.
From tens of thousands of packages, at least 32 kilograms of methamphetamine can be produced, the black market value of which fluctuates around PLN 6 million.
Seven suspects were charged with, inter alia, participation in an organized criminal group or drug abuse. Six suspects who have been arrested in Poland are threatened with a sentence of at least three years’ imprisonment, and those who will be judged by a Czech court – at least 10 years.
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