Europol supports the seizure of 6.5 tonnes of heroin precursor

27 April 2011
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The Hague, the Netherlands

On 5 April, 6.5 tonnes of a critical heroin precursor (acetic anhydride) were seized by the Hungarian police. The consignment was stored in a warehouse used by members of an organised crime group. This seizure results from the intensive cooperation between Slovakia, Hungary and several other EU Member States, with the support of Europol and Eurojust. Through the analysis of case data, Europol identified operational links and organised operational meetings to exchange information.

These investigations led to the dismantling of a major organised criminal network heavily involved in acetic anhydride trafficking. Several places were searched in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia, and the main suspects were arrested. The organised crime group was involved in the trafficking of at least 30 tons of this precursor. The seizure is highly significant in terms of the quantities involved and the amount of heroin that could have been produced, had the consignment reached the laboratories for which it was destined.