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Latvian police allow there may be more detainees in Koknese cocaine case

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Police allow that the number of detainees in the Koknese cocaine case could increase soon.

Organized Crime Prevention Office continues active investigation of the criminal case. A total of six people are made suspects in this criminal case, State Police reports.

Police allow that the number of detainees may increase soon.

So far 17 searches and other investigative activities have been performed as part of this criminal case’s investigation. Police have confiscated a sufficient amount of evidence, police reveal.

Police offered no comments on the facts uncovered during the investigation or how the illegal cargo had ended up in Latvia to begin with. Still, authorities admit the crime was committed with assistance from international organized crime. It would have been impossible to do for people in Latvia on their own, State Police explains.

«As for whether or not the location where the cocaine shipment was found is related to possible active smuggling of narcotics, police say there are not facts that would confirm this at the moment,» says SP representative Sigita Pildava.

On 8 January 2019, State Police together with US authorities, Ecuador Police and Latvia’s OMEGA counter-terrorism unit intercepted in Koknese a shipment of 42 boxes. In those boxes police found 2,196 blocks with all kinds of labels – TNT, Badboys, Gold and labels bearing an image of a dolphin.

Four detained persons have been put under arrest. Other suspects who played a minor role in the crime have been applied with security measure no associated with deprivation of freedom. One of the five persons has a criminal record of smuggling and money laundering.

According to the report published on the website of Ecuador police, two tonnes of cocaine were intercepted in Koknese.

The report explains that the farm was used as a hub for drug transit deeper into Europe. Among the suspects mentioned in the report, five people have been detained so far – Jānis B., Andris E., Edgars E., Imants B. and Agris V. It is known that Andris E is Andris Elsts and Edgars E. is Edgars Elsts. Agris V., on the other hand, is ex-police officer Agris Vaivods.

TV3 programme Nekā Personīga has previously reported that police have performed searches at JS Products owned by Jānis Skrābāns. It is currently unknown if he could become the sixth detainee, because State Police does not provide comments.

According to Chief of State Police Main Criminal Police Department Andrejs Grišin, the intercepted cocaine shipment was not meant for Latvia’s market.


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