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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOfficers of the State Revenue Service’s Customs Criminal Office in cooperation with State Police have managed to disrupt activities of an illegal drug carriers group by detaining and later arresting one person.

As it turned out, the man had involved his wife in illegal activities. The woman is currently held suspect, as BNN was told by SRS.

A criminal process has been launched in relation to an attempt to illegally carry narcotic or psychotropic substances over the border of the Republic of Latvia, as well as illegal procurement, storage and transport of said substances.

On March 3rd, officials of SRS Customs Criminal Office and their colleagues from State Police performed an inspection of a vehicle that entered the checkpoint. Prior to this, operatives uncovered information regarding a possible attempt to smuggle a large shipment of drugs over the border. During the inspection of the suspicious vehicle, officers found more than 97 g of narcotic substances (methamphetamine) hidden in the car of the 1980-born Latvian. The shipment was headed from Lithuania to Latvia. The man had hid the shipment in his car’s glove box.

Two other persons were in the car when drugs were uncovered. One of them was a woman. She is currently held suspect. The other person is considered a witness in this criminal process.

In addition to a shipment of drugs operatives found equipment necessary for packaging of ‘goods’ – weights, spoons, empty bags, several mobile phones and SIM cards, as well as a gas pistol.

Investigators believe the two detainees are frequent users of narcotic substances.

Investigators have also uncovered that the man had been previously sentenced for drug trade in the past. In 2013, he was released from prison ahead of time. It was decided he would remain under police supervision. The man did not, however, comply with police requirements, changed his permanent address, decided to hide from the police and continued drug trade activities. He had also involved a woman he had been living with in drug trade.

A criminal process has been launched in relation with illegal drug trade.

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