It is noted that, as ELAS estimates, the income from the illegal activity of the criminal organization, as well as the value of the confiscated preparations, amount to tens of millions of euros.
During yesterday’s police operation, a 35-year-old Moldovan man was arrested, against whom a case file was filed for the offenses of criminal organization, forgery, as well as for violations of the laws on money laundering and on amateur and professional sports. Five of his compatriots, members of the criminal organization, are also included in the case file.
According to the Directorate of Economic Police, the spiral has been operating since 2015, while its methodology was as follows: Its members had formed two three-member cores, in Attica and Thessaloniki, while they had other collaborators in Europe, the USA and Asia. They manufactured the anabolics in three warehouses in Attica and Thessaloniki, while they procured the raw materials from Moldova and Bulgaria, through a travel agency and courier companies.
The drugs were sold through websites managed by members of the organization, as well as through encrypted e-mail addresses. The defendants placed the illegal preparations in parcels, with sender details of non-existent persons and companies, while transporting the parcels with the organization’s vehicles and carrying out their shipment through Greek courier companies, declaring false sender details.
At the same time, money transfer companies were used for the payments, while the “Hawala” payment method was used for the further trafficking of criminal insiders. It is noted that the spiral’s action extended abroad. Specifically, in USA, Britain, Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Romania, Chile, Moldova, China, Israel, Lebanon, Colombia, Singapore, Ireland and Australia.
In police searches carried out in the two storage areas – manufacturing plants, according to ELAS, the following were found and confiscated: 2,473,000 pieces of illegal anabolic and other pharmaceutical preparations (ampoules – tablets – vials), manufacturing equipment and packaging items, 3 mobile phones, 3. computers and lots of portable digital storage media, a car, parcels ready to be shipped, lots of bank documents, proofs of mailing and handwritten notes.
The arrested person, with the case file filed against him, was taken to the competent prosecuting authority and referred to a main interrogation.
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