Blackmail, deprivation of liberty, violence, for gambling

More than 120 searches took place on Wednesday morning in Bucharest and in 19 counties of the members of a group that sought to prevent the expansion of gambling halls competing with those managed by them.

“Today, 23.11.2022, the prosecutors of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigation Department – Central Structure together with policemen from the General Police Department of the Municipality of Bucharest – Violent Criminal Groups Service are implementing 123 home search warrants, targeting homes and the buildings owned or used by several natural persons as well as the headquarters and workplaces of some legal persons in the municipality of Bucharest and the counties of Prahova, Brasov, Iasi, Suceava, Botoşani, Tulcea, Constanţa, Cluj, Timiș, Vrancea, Buzău, Bihor, Vâlcea, Dolj, Gorj, Sibiu, Bacău, Mureș and Sălaj, in a case in which investigations are being carried out under the aspect of committing the crimes of forming an organized criminal group, blackmail, illegal deprivation of liberty, beating or other violence, destruction and favoring the perpetrator”, announces DIICOT.

According to the prosecutors, starting in 2018, an organized criminal group was established at the national level, whose purpose was to commit, mainly, blackmail crimes.

“The members of the group sought to prevent the expansion of gambling halls competing with those they manage and to repress the attempts of other members of the underworld to take control of the halls belonging to the group. To this end, a force structure was created that was used to prevent certain high-earning customers from taking possession of them. This structure ensured the operation at the national level of an illegal coercive system that was meant to prevent customers who caused problems from returning to the gambling halls belonging to the organized criminal group and to quickly recover from them the damages caused to the goods in the premises”, states DIICOT.
40 people suspected of being involved in criminal activities will be taken to the headquarters of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism – Central Structure.

The action benefits from the support of police officers from the DIC, DCCO, DGPMB, BCCO Bucharest and the criminal investigation structures in the counties where searches are carried out.
Specialist support was provided by the Technical and Forensic Bureau within DIICOT and the Special Operations Directorate.
Fighters from the IGPR and DGPMB and the forces of the Romanian Gendarmerie participate in the action.

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Source: Cotidianul RO by www.cotidianul.ro.

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