According to some sources from the investigation, the leader of the cartel of traffickers in the penitentiaries would be Vasile Gheorghe Văscăuțanu, known as Gigi Englezu. A particularly dangerous individual, recidivist, the last time he was sentenced to life imprisonment for the assassination of a businessman from Vrancea county.
In February 2019, Constantin Chiriţă, owner of a foreign exchange office in Focşani, had left with his personal car for the family home, located in Slobozia Ciorăşti commune, bordering the city. On the way, Chiriţă’s car was blocked by an SUV, in which there were two individuals, one of them being Gigi Englezu. They knew that the owner had a large sum of money in the car. And so it was. He had barely taken out 13,000 pounds sterling, 37,000 euros, 4,000 US dollars and 200,000 lei from the currency exchange, and they acted on a tip.
After they blocked his car, Chiriţă barricaded himself inside. Two of the attackers started shooting at the car. They had a 5.6 mm pistol and a 9 mm rifle. The owner died on the spot. They couldn’t take the money, because they couldn’t open the car.
A week after the assassination, the attackers were arrested, and last year, Văscăuțeanu and the other individual who shot at the patron from Vrânce were definitively sentenced to life.
Drugs impregnated in paper. An A4 sheet contained 100 doses
Văscăuțeanu was not at the first conviction, however. In 2018, he had barely been released on parole, after being sentenced to 2 years and 8 months for drug trafficking in 2017. And now he has returned to drug trafficking, say sources from the investigation, even though he is incarcerated. “At the end of 2022, a criminal structure was created in a penitentiary unit specializing in the introduction into the holding premises of significant quantities of high-risk drugs and substances with psychoactive effects, stored and distributed, in exchange for significant amounts of money, to persons deprived of their liberty”, a BBCO Galaţi officer, who worked in this case, told us. “The high-risk drugs and substances with psychoactive effects were impregnated in sheets of paper and given to the persons deprived of their liberty during the visits made by their relatives”, the police officer said.
Once introduced into the Galati Penitentiary, the drugs concealed in the documents were easily removed. The prisoners made false reports about events that had happened in other areas of the country and, in order to be heard, they were transported from the Galaţi prison to the Giurgiu and Brăila penitentiaries. Once they arrived in these prisons, the traffickers managed to sell a dose for 100 lei. A single A4 sheet was transformed into a hundred doses for drug users. 23 detainees, dealers and relatives were taken to the hearings.
Source: Jurnalul by jurnalul.ro.
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