Criminals Sell Drugs For Cryptocurrency In Ukraine
Yuriy Lutsenko, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, reported on his Facebook account that the law enforcement officers of the country had successfully conducted an operation to detect a large criminal association whose members were selling drugs for cryptocurrency.
The operation involved employees of the Prosecutor General’s Office and the country's security services. According to Lutsenko, the criminal group included up to a thousand people. The sale of narcotic substances was carried out through websites and social networks, while digital assets were accepted for payment.
The police conducted searches and found narcotic substances, firearms, and cash in the amount of $10 million. The criminals created a large-scale network of drug dealers, owned crypto wallets and accounts on cryptocurrency exchanges.
The group was well-structured, used force methods against competitors, and was engaged in organizing racketeering.
Two dozen people from the top of the criminal group were arrested with the right to apply for bail in the amount of 100 million hryvnias (more than $3.6 million) to 349 million hryvnias (about $12.7 million). Four were denied the right to bail.
As previously reported, the Ukrainian cyber police arrested a 35-year-old resident of the Kiev region, who stole cryptocurrency worth more than $26,000 from the users of a British exchange.