For some time Slovak police had been monitoring one of the leaders of an international gang of drug traffickers who was arrested on May 20 in Kittsee, Austria, Slovak Police vice-president Jaroslav Spišiak told news wire TASR.
An international arrest warrant was issued in Germany involving the 50-year-old Slovak citizen, who was taken into custody by Austrian police authorities in cooperation with their Slovak counterparts.
According to Spišiak, the man was "the last Mohican" of an organised crime group that the police had cracked within an operation codenamed "Satan".
The gang was involved in heroin smuggling via the so-called Balkan
route from Turkey to Germany and Sweden.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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21. May 2004 at 10:03