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Six persons from Macedonia and Serbia arrested in operation over largest synthetic drug lab on Balkans

Six persons from Macedonia and Serbia have been arrested in Thursday’s joint operation of countries’ police services, supported by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in busting a criminal ring and detecting the largest synthetic drugs laboratory on the Balkans.

“The Ministry of Interior department for organized crime and a public prosecutor, along with a counterpart team from Serbia and in coordination with the DEA, have cooperated on busting an organized ring involving illicit trade, production and distribution of drugs”, said Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski at Friday’s press conference.

The police carried out searches at locations in Tetovo and Skopje, whereas the lab itself was found in Tetovo.

According to preliminary information, over 125kg of synthetic drugs was found in the lab, i.e. a minimum of 500,000 tablets of synthetic drugs worth over EUR 2,5 million.

The operation is ongoing and the MoI will provide information as it unfolds.

Serbian news agency Tanjug has reported that the months’ long operation resulted in the arrest of ring members, including its head Milan Zarubica.

Serbian Minister of Interior Nebojsa Stefanovic said the seized narcotics were of great importance since the new synthetic drug “captagon” was used by ISIS fighters.