Case of Moldova’s largest heroin seizure goes to court

The Prosecutor’s Office for Special Cases (PCCOCS) has submitted to court three drug trafficking cases, including one that involves the largest single heroin seizure ever recorded in Moldova.

Two Turkish nationals will now stand trial in connection with the +200 kg heroin bust made in June of this year. As requested by the prosecution, 220,000 lei worth of the suspects’ assets have been seized and the court is to decide on their confiscation.

According to the investigation, the heroin was supposed to reach the European Union. For this purpose, the organizer, a Turkish national, had registered a company in Moldova for shipping construction materials and sanitary items from Iran. After working to create a positive trade record, the suspect moved to implement the drug trafficking scheme, says PCCOCS.

In another case, three Ukrainian nationals will stand trial on drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors found that the criminal group preferred to hire Ukrainians and pay the traffickers in cryptocurrency. The drug bust that was made in October was estimated at 1.9 million lei.

A third case involves five Moldovans. Two men and a women are accused of dealing in marijuana in particularly large amounts. The suspects also used virtual money and prosecutors have been able to collect evidence of transactions valued at 445,000 lei.

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