Cops bust ‘Trapeze’ drugs cartel in continuing war against drugs
Police have smashed a drugs cartel during a series of daring raids.
Following on from the biggest cocaine bust in over 30 years last week, officers from the Central Bureau of Investigation said they had arrested 22 members of a gang known as the Trapeze Cartel.
Thought to have been operating since May 2016, the gang dealt in smuggling narcotics across the border and distributing them onto the streets of Warsaw.
During the warehouse raids police seized 30 kg of various drugs, including over 23 kg of marijuana, over 4 kg of amphetamine, nearly 1 kg of hashish and about 0.5 kg of cocaine.
They also recovered materials including weighing scales, pouches and vacuum packaging devices as well as protective gear used to prevent workers who were manufacturing the drugs suffering from the toxic fumes.
The operation which lasted well over six months, saw the warehouse shut down in June this year but the cartel continued to supply drugs.
Investigations led to the arrest in November of four couriers at the Świecko border crossing who were smuggling marijuana and liquid amphetamine from the Netherlands.
The amphetamine would be processed before being sold in powder form.
Commissioner Iwona Jurkiewicz of CBSP said “at the beginning of December another blow was struck, breaking the organized criminal group," adding that a further 11 people were detained in Warsaw, including 10 suspected of participating in an organized criminal group and one person cooperating with the group.
Prosecutor spokesman Łukasz Łapczyński said: "After being brought to the District Prosecutor's Office in Warsaw, the detainees heard allegations of participation in an organized criminal group, drug production and marketing of significant amounts of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances which they turned into a permanent source of income."
He added that over 400,000 PLN had been secured in property and that further arrests had not been ruled out.
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