The suspects have allegedly distributed a large quantity of drugs Since April 2018. They claim that the suspects distributed 279kg of amphetamines, 11,000 ecstasy tablets, and 1.3kg of MDMA through various dark web markets. The suspects had “other distribution channels,” apart from the dark web, throught these channels the group allegedly distributed 103kg of marijuana, 35 liters of amphetamine oil, 2,000 ecstasy tablets, 1,000 grams of amphetamine, and 29 kilograms of hashish.
As much as 60 police officers from Cologne partnered with forces from the Special Operations Command (SEK). Public prosecutors and tax investigators also participated in the raids in Cologne and Kerpen on Tuesday morning. The Cologne District Court issued four arrest warrants which resulted in raids at ten locations in the Rhein-Erft district. The police said all the properties raided had connections to the suspects.
The police discovered a “commercial drug laboratory.” during the raid. The laboratory was used to press ecstasy pills which was sold on different darkweb markets. An unspecified amount of illegal substances, a firearm, and an unspecified amount of cash was seized by the police.
Five dogs trained to detect narcotics and two dogs trained to detect electronic storage devices were brought by the police. One suspect was “slightly injured” during the raids, police said in a statement.
It appears as if at least two suspects managed to avoid arrest today. The investigation is still ongoing.
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