45 detained in major gang bust
PR dla Zagranicy
Forty-five people have been detained in Warsaw in a police bust of the so-called Ożarów gang which allegedly trafficked PLN 13 million (EUR 3 million, USD 3.6 million) worth of drugs.
More than 330 officers were involved in the "spectacular" bust which followed an 18-month investigation, said police spokeswoman Iwona Jurkiewicz.
Weapons, a stolen laptop, a loader with a fake vehicle identification number (VIN), and drugs, including hash, amphetamine, MDMA, marijuana and heroin, were seized in raids of suspects' homes.
PLN 385,000 and EUR 19,000 in cash was also seized, as were luxury watches and a car.
Among those detained in the bust, which took place in the early hours of Monday morning, was a woman identified only as Justyna S., who is the wife of the suspected leader of the gang.
Justyna S. has been charged with running the gang because police suspect she had been helping her husband, who was detained with more than a dozen others in a bust in 2016.
About half of the suspects detained on Monday have been questioned, many have been charged with participating in organised crime, drug trafficking and illegal weapon possession.
According to investigators, the gang may have trafficked 61 kilograms of heroin, worth PLN 5.5 million, more than 53 kilograms of cocaine, worth nearly PLN 4.8 million, 58 kilograms of amphetamine, worth PLN 500,000, and 80 kilograms of marijuana, worth PLN 1.3 million, as well as hash, mephedrone and ecstasy. (vb/pk)