Essen district court
Drug deals under Syrian control? accused speak


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Containers with drugs are shipped in Syria. The country’s regime allegedly made some money. Now four of the alleged perpetrators are on trial in Essen.

To drug deals with the alleged involvement of the Syrian regime, four of the alleged perpetrators have had to answer in court in Essen since Wednesday. The accused from Gladbeck, Speyer and Straubing are said to have been part of an international gang that smuggled containers of amphetamine and hashish.

the drugs should be shipped according to the indictment from Syria to Romania and from there to Saudi Arabia. According to the public prosecutor’s office, the sales value of the drug was around 130 million euros. At the start of the trial, the three Syrians and a German-Algerian who was also accused were silent. However, you want to comment on the allegations on one of the next days of the hearing.

According to the indictment, around 130,000 euros per smuggled container were paid to the 4th division of the Syrian army, which is commanded by the brother of the Syrian president. The two main shipments, said to have been hidden in three containers, were in Romania intercepted by customs. Another delivery with 20 to 30 kilos of cocaine from South America is said not to have been discovered. The verdicts are expected in early September.