Large-scale in­ter­na­tional drug smug­gling case reaches court

The Baltic Times - - BALTICS - BNS/TBT Staff

A case in­volv­ing an in­ter­na­tional drug smug­gling ring has been re­cently sent to a Lithua­nian court, Lithua­nian Cus­toms said on Thurs­day, June 22.

Three Lithua­nian cit­i­zens are charged with large-scale drug smug­gling in the case to be heard by the Si­au­liai Re­gional Court.

The Cus­toms Crim­i­nal Ser­vice caught one of them with 5 kilo­grams of hashish in Si­au­liai. The sec­ond Lithua­nian was ar­rested in France with 27 kilo­grams of hashish and the third one is cur­rently in prison in Spain for smug­gling over 400 kilo­grams of hashish.

The au­thor­i­ties sus­pect that Al­ba­nian cit­i­zens were also in­volved in the smug­gling ring.

The ser­vice closely co­op­er­ated with French and Span­ish law-en­force­ment of­fi­cials in the long-term in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Cus­toms said in a press re­lease.

Ac­cord­ing to it, the in­ter­na­tional ring was in­volved in smug­gling very large amounts of drugs from Spain to Ger­many and Scan­di­navia. Hashish or mar­i­juana was usu­ally trans­ported by a truck driver from Si­au­liai, iden­ti­fied only by his ini­tials JK.

The man, who worked for a Lithua­nian haulage com­pany, was promised pay­ment of 250 to 300 Euros per kilo­gram smug­gled, de­pend­ing on the risk in­volved.

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