After extensive investigations by the Burgenland State Criminal Police Office and the Slovakian Criminal Agency, eleven commercial drug dealers in Slovakia and the head of this band in Serbia were arrested.
KITTSEE. Since March 2022, the Burgenland State Criminal Police Office, investigation area for drug-related crime, together with the anti-drug authority of the National Criminal Agency of the Slovak Republic (NAKA), have been investigating an organized group of Slovak citizens consisting of at least twelve people who were using various narcotic drugs (cocaine and methamphetamine) from the Netherlands and imported into Austria and Slovakia. Some of these drugs were stored in Austria and put on the market in Slovakia.
Head of the gang in Kittsee
Three people – a Slovak couple (50-year-old man and 37-year-old woman) and another man (40-year-old) – who are believed to be at the head of the criminal group, ran the group’s drug businesses from their main residence in Kittsee. The group is suspected of having sold up to 100 kilograms of methamphetamine and 20 kilograms of cocaine per month in recent years, as well as various other addictive substances throughout Slovakia.
20 officials from Austria involved
On February 8, 2023, eleven people from this dealer gang were arrested in Slovakia as part of a trilateral action. 200 police officers from the State Criminal Police Office were involved in Slovakia and 20 in Austria. The head of the gang was also arrested in a clinic in Belgrade (Serbia) on the basis of an international arrest warrant issued by the Slovak authorities.
Low six-digit value range
In the course of the arrests, a total of 17 house searches took place. The two objects searched in Austria are, on the one hand, the main residence of the three above-mentioned accused and, on the other hand, an apartment in Kittsee that is used purely as a drug store. During the house searches, the police officers were able to secure large quantities of cocaine and cannabis resin (hashish) with a street value in the low six-digit range. In addition, cash, high-quality watches and jewelry, all of which came from the income from the drug trade and have a total value in the mid five-digit range, were also seized.