360 arrested in large-scale police operation - minister
Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic says that members of the Ministry, in cooperation with prosecutors' offices, have carried out a large-scale operation.Source: B92
At a press conference, Stefanovic specified that Operation Ares was aimed at combating crime, primarily narcotics trafficking, and that it was carried out based on several months of investigations in the territory of 27 municipalities and cities of Serbia.
Stefanovic said that those arrested are suspected of committing various crimes, including, among other things, unauthorized manufacturing and trafficking of narcotics, attempted murder, rape, unlawful sexual acts, exploitation of minors for pornography, abuse and torture, extortion, kidnapping, robbery, serious theft and other crimes.
360 have been arrested, while criminal charges under regular proceedings have been filed against another 202 people, which, as he said, means that a total of 562 persons have been "processed."
During the operation, the police also seized 167 kilos of narcotics - cocaine, heroin, hashish, marijuana, and ecstasy.
Three marijuana laboratories have been discovered, while 29 rifles, four automatic rifles, 30 pistols, one kilogram of explosives, six hand grenades, more than 3,000 pieces of ammunition have been seized, Stefanovic said.
"A larger amount of money, 19 vehicles, a larger number of computers and 150 gigabytes of pedophile material have been taken away," the interior minister added.