The Spanish national police and law enforcement authorities from the Czech Republic and Serbia, supported by Europol, have disrupted a Serbian organized crime group operating in Spain and the Czech Republic. This criminal network is suspected of committing a vast array of criminal offences, including three murders and the production and large-scale distribution of cannabis.
Police apprehended 25 suspects of mostly Serbian nationality. During house searches in Spain, six indoor cannabis cultivations were seized together with €50,690 euros, presumably the resulting profit of drug trafficking.
In the Czech Republic, police carried out house searches in private residences, seizing four indoor cannabis cultivations, 30 kilograms of marijuana ready to be sold on the retail market and €18,500 euros.
The case started when Serbian Police informed their Spanish counterparts that members of an organized crime group originating from the town of Novi Sad, who were responsible for committing a number of criminal offences ranging from violent robberies to murders, had moved to Spain to continue their criminal activities with a specific focus on cannabis production and distribution.
One of the most high-profile members of the group, who was already being investigated in different European countries and had a criminal record in Serbia, was detected in a luxury residential area of the city of Lloret del Mar (Gerona) in July 2015. This enabled the investigators and Europol to establish his links with this organised crime group also based in the same area.
Simultaneously, Serbian authorities reported that the main member of the group had been living in the Czech Republic, where he was investigated for his alleged participation in a murder case that had triggered contacts with the Czech authorities under the coordination of Europol.
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