Kharkiv region-SBU stops the activities of the smugglers' group of potent drugs
In Kharkiv region, officers of the Security Service of Ukraine stopped the activities of an organized group engaged in illegal production and smuggling of strong drugs of the steroid group, under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor's Office.
SBU operatives established that the group consisted of several local residents, including a former law-enforcement officer, and an active employee of one of the courts of the Kharkiv region.
Law-enforcers documented that the offenders ordered highly potent chemicals for the production of counterfeit "drugs" in one of the countries of East Asia, from where these components were posted to Ukraine. The dealers organized a lab at the place of residence of one of the group members and manufactured there counterfeit injectable drugs and pills under the brands of well-known foreign manufacturers of anabolic steroids. Part of the counterfeit products was smuggled to Russia.
SBU officers detained one of the members of this group at the "Shcherbakivka" checkpoint, Kharkiv regional customs, during an attempt to smuggle a lot of counterfeit drugs with counterfeit medical substances - methandienone and nandrolone. The organizer of the group was detained after receiving money from Russian customers.
During the searches at the residence locations of the criminals, SBU officers confiscated a large number of counterfeit capsules and pills of anabolic drugs, raw materials, equipment for the production of counterfeit medicine, packaging containers, labels and duty stamps. According to experts, the cost of seized goods at the "black market" prices is almost UAH 1,000,000 ($40 000).
Four members of the criminal group are arrested and notified of suspicion in having committed a crime under Part 2 of Art. 201 and Part 4 of Art. 321 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
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