The defendant, Ilya Weiss, a member of the Sered criminal gang who was involved in drug distribution and detained by the police as part of a large-scale Venal operation, was sentenced on Thursday to the Special Criminal Court (STS), Banská Bystrica, for nine years in prison.
On the first day of the trial, last September, he made a guilty plea and pleaded guilty to the crime according to the indictment.
I. Weiss, who is the brother of Slavomír Weiss, described as the head of this criminal group, did not come to court. His test for COVID-19 was evaluated as positive, so he was only represented by his lawyer. His confession and co-operation with law enforcement authorities helped him to reduce his sentence in an extraordinary way.
The prosecutor of the Office of the Special Prosecutor’s Office (ÚŠP) filed a total of ten members of the group around Slavomír W., three of them are still on the run and the court is acting against them as absent.
He accuses them of the crime of setting up, conspiring and supporting a criminal group and related crimes aimed at the production and distribution of meth, as well as the distribution of cocaine. If proven guilty, some face 20 to 25 years in prison or life.
Police intervened against the group at the end of 2018 during the Venal operation, when it originally charged 19 people. From 2015, the members of the group were to provide a larger amount of precursors (tablets) worth approximately 4.8 million euros to produce about 480 kilograms of methamphetamine worth 16.8 million euros.
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