"Strongest criminal group in Vojvodina broken up"

The Serbian police carried out several separate operations to arrest a total of 11 persons in the territory of Serbia's northern province of Vojvodina.

Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug

They are suspected of committing crimes ranging from prison escapes and sale of narcotics to murders and attempted murders, Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told an unscheduled news conference on Friday.

The police also confiscated weapons and ammunition, he added. According to Stefanovic, "the strongest criminal group in the north of the country" has been broken up, with its leader among those arrested.

The minister said that the police found 42 kilograms of narcotics during the raids, "mostly skunk, and a smaller amount of cocaine."

Stefanovic also told reporters that 65-year-old G.B. was arrested in the town of Pancevo on suspicion of weapons theft. The police found 11 rifles, three automatic and two semi-automatic rifles, two carbines, two hand grenades, optical sights, ammunition rounds and a large quantity of ammunition in his possession.

Two more persons were arrested in Surcin and Stara Pazova, when a large quantity of weapons was also seized.


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