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In Donetsk region, the issue of detaining a member of a criminal organization of gunpowder traders is being resolved


It is from the Donetsk region that the documentation of the network of illegal suppliers of explosives on the territory of Ukraine began. Police in the region attacked a resident of Kramatorsk who was selling explosives, which he received both from a Ukrainian state-owned enterprise and from abroad.


Information about a criminal organization related to the «black market» of explosives, Donetsk region operatives received last year. One of the major gunpowder dealers in the estuary was then detained. Another wholesaler, who was making wholesale deliveries, was exposed in Kramatorsk. The police carried out a number of investigative and operational measures, which led to a large-scale scheme of sale of explosives.

As a result of annual work police covered a network of gunpowder dealers and liquidated the two main cells in Ukraine, which provided explosives to customers across the country. The operation was conducted in 8 oblasts under the direction of the Criminal Investigation Department of the National Police and with the support of force. KORD special forces.

Officers of the Criminal Investigation Department and investigators of the Donetsk Region Police, under the procedural guidance of the regional prosecutor’s office, established that a 41-year-old resident of Kramatorsk was selling an explosive through a specialized website. Communication with customers was carried out using a cipher. Delivery of goods was carried out by various postal services. A man sold one kilogram of gunpowder for 650 hryvnias.

Detectives exposed his suppliers in other areas. It was established that part of the gunpowder was stolen by criminals from a state-owned enterprise, and the other part, foreign-made, was imported across the state border of Ukraine in violation of current legislation.

Donetsk police conducted a series of operational purchases and searches of the suspect and his «business partners.» Gunpowder, firearms, grenades, ammunition, parts of combat weapons, equipment for the manufacture of ammunition and money from their sale were seized from the defendants.

It was established that one of the members of the group was making firearms to order. Another is being prosecuted for forging a firearms license.

Among the buyers of ammunition and explosives are previously convicted persons, in particular — for illicit trafficking in weapons. Police are currently checking them.

A resident of Kramatorsk was detained under Art. 208 of the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine. The issue of taking the man into custody is being resolved.

The perpetrators are charged with Part 1 of Art. 263 of the Criminal code of Ukraine (illegal handling of the weapon, ammunition or explosives, made by group of persons). The sanction of the article envisages up to 7 years of imprisonment.














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