As the Czech Republic continues its struggle to contain the growing number of coronavirus infections, some have pointed to the risks associated with the thousands of drug users and homeless people living on the streets. These may not only be at high risk from the virus, but, if not isolated, could help spread COVID-19 virus in their towns and cities.
The police say they have arrested a cocaine kingpin who supplied customers throughout Prague with the drug for years. The 38-year-old suspect has been charged and is in custody. During a raid of his home police confiscated large amounts of the drug and tens of thousands of euros. If convicted he could face between ten and twenty years in prison.
The police are reported to have arrested two Spaniards and one Czech
national caught smuggling 1,500 kilograms of cocaine on a sailboat off the
According to the news site La Provincia, the police raided the boat some 140 kilometres from Gran Canaria, confiscating 50 large parcels of cocaine. The suspects are being questioned.
It is one of the biggest hauls the police have uncovered, although the Canary Islands are on the main smugglers route from South America and Africa to Europe.
One of the Czech Republic’s best-known earliest promoters of legalising marijuana and promoting its medicinal use has been sentenced to three years in prison. It is something of a cause célèbre among civil liberties groups and those battling big pharma’s monopoly on the dispensing of medical marijuana.
Czech police have arrested 12 people suspected of drug production and drug
smuggling, the National Anti-Drug Centre informed in a press release on
Thursday. Four of the people have been charged and if convicted, face
prison sentences of up 12 years.
The organised group produced dozens of pounds of pervitin, locally-made crystal methamphetamine, and marihuana. The drug, which was smuggled in fire extinguishers, was destined for the Karlovy Vary region, but also for Thuringia and Bavaria in south-east Germany.
More than nine million crowns as well as several weapons were seized during the raids that led to the arrest of the offenders.
A Czech national with more than five kilograms of cocaine in his luggage
was arrested at the airport near Montevideo, in Uruguay on Friday, local
media reported citing Uruguayan Interior Ministry sources.
The man is reported to have spent three days in the country and intended to board a flight to Hong Kong. The man is in custody, awaiting interrogation.
Three men of Vietnamese origin received sentences between 9 to 10 years in
jail from a court in Plzeň on Wednesday, the news site Novinky reports.
Court spokeswoman Lucie Jíchová told Novinky that they were part of an
organised crime group which, posing as a company called Alchema 3000, sold
chemicals to methamphetamine produces across the country.
The three men, who were arrested in 2017, appealed the decision on the spot. They claim that they were merely company employees selling legal chemicals and that it was not their problem whose hands they ended up in.
Police are monitoring a techno party in Čížkov, near the west Bohemian
town of Pilsen, this weekend. Some 2,000 people are attending the event,
which got underway on Friday night. Police have been dealing only with
minor offences related to transportation and drug abuse, police spokeswoman
told the Czech News Agency on Saturday.
This Saturday marks 15 years since an infamous police crack-down on a huge illegal techno music festival, known as Czechtek, which had spilled over onto private property. The intervention left dozens of people injured on both sides.
Young Czechs remain at the top of the European ladder in the use of soft or party drugs, with marihuana being the most commonly used substance. However it is the illegal production of methamphetamine that remains the most pressing problem in fight against drug abuse, both for the Czech Republic and neighbour states.
The majority of the methamphetamine seized by the Czech police last year was produced by Vietnamese crime gangs. Indeed, almost 70 percent of the illegal drug impounded last year was Vietnamese- produced. Police say cultural differences and the language barrier make it harder to combat these activities.