Georgian police reveal online drug trade network, detain nine for drug crime

Georgian police reveal online drug trade network, detain nine for drug crime

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia have detained nine persons for drug crime in Tbilisi, InterPressNews reports.

Vladimer Bortsvadze, Head of Central Criminal Police Department, said at a briefing on Friday that police have revealed a new scheme of drug distribution through the Internet in Georgia.

According to Vladimer Bortsvadze, 5 members of an organized group were detained in Tbilisi and seized drugs prepared for selling. An investigation has been launched under Article 260, Provision 5 and Provision 6 (Sub- provision b) of the Criminal Code of Georgia, involving illegal purchase and storage of drugs in particularly large quantities. The detainees face from 8 to 20 years of imprisonment or a life sentence.

An investigation has established that the detainees "drug-shop" groups in the messenger app Telegram and an online drug store on chat platform Matanga.

Police seized 100gr of “Hashish”, psychoactive substance “Bio” and drug “Alpha PVP” during the persona search of the detainees.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia detained three other drug traffickers in Ponichala settlement of Tbilisi. All the three detainees face from 8 to 20 years of imprisonment.

Police have detained one more person in Tbilisi. 500 pills of narcotic drug “Ecstasy” and 4 packs of “MDMA” were seized during the personal search of the detainee. An investigation has been launched under Article 260, Provision 6 of the Criminal Code of Georgia, involving illegal purchase and storage of drugs in particularly large quantities. The detainee faces from 8 to 20 years of imprisonment or a life sentence.

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