Police bust drug lab at car repair shop in Rīga

Last week, the State Police (VP) in Rīga detained an organized criminal group on suspicion of making and selling drugs. It has been revealed that these individuals had set up an amphetamine cooking facility at a car repair shop, VP told the media in a statement on October 19.

During the searches, approximately 10 to 15 kilograms of amphetamine and substances for making the drug have been seized, as well as likely illegally acquired money, gold and several cars.

In September this year, police launched criminal proceedings for large-scale manufacture and trafficking of narcotics by an organised criminal group in Riga. on October 9, police apprehended three persons - men born in 1980, 1975, and 2001 - in various places in Riga. The organizer has been punished for various types of crimes before, police said.

Police also discovered a drug hideaway set up in the woods.

According to the information available to the police, these persons are likely to have made drugs for a long time and sold them locally.

Criminal proceedings have been initiated in relation to the unauthorized manufacture, acquisition, possession, transport, or transfer of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances for the purpose of sale or for the unauthorized sale of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances, if it has been performed by an organized group or if it has been performed with narcotic or psychotropic substances in large amounts.

For such a crime, the Law provides for deprivation of liberty for a period of five to 15 years, confiscating property or without confiscation of property, and with probation supervision for a period of up to three years.

On October 11, all three individuals were placed on bail detention. The investigation into the criminal proceedings is ongoing at this time.

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