Major Drug Trafficking Ring Busted in Poland: 13 Charged

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.07 - 2024 9:37 AM CET

The drugs on the photo is not part of the bust - Photo: Wiki Commons
The drugs on the photo is not part of the bust - Photo: Wiki Commons
In Poland, 13 people are set to stand trial for large-scale cocaine trafficking.

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In Poland, a significant crackdown on international drug trafficking has led to the formal charging of 13 individuals, as reported by RMF24.

The prosecutor's office in Gdańsk has announced that the charges encompass large-scale trafficking of cocaine and opium, implicating eight Polish citizens, four Colombians, and one Iranian citizen, ranging in age from 30 to 75.

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This group is believed to have been active from February 2016 through the end of 2019 across several Polish cities and internationally in countries such as Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Colombia, and Canada.

The charges against them include importing almost 2 tons of cocaine into Poland, exporting over 166 kg of cocaine from Poland to Germany, and transporting 40 kg of opium from the Netherlands to Great Britain. They are also accused of moving opium to Poland, Canada, and Great Britain.

In the most notable case within Poland, the drugs were concealed as a shipment of chalk from a Colombian company to a Polish company and brought to Gdynia. Law enforcement became suspicious because such a product is typically produced in Poland, and importing it from such a distant country seemed unusual.

The containers remained at customs for an extended period until four Colombians and an Iranian traveled from Germany to retrieve them. This action triggered surveillance by law enforcement, which subsequently uncovered a network of drug dealers.

Members of this group face up to 20 years in prison.

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