Police executing 123 search warrants in Bucharest, 19 counties in connection with gambling extortion

The Violent Criminal Groups Service of the Bucharest City Police and prosecutors with the Department for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) are executing 123 search warrants at homes and buildings owned or used by several individuals, as well as headquarters and workplaces of legal entities in the city of Bucharest and 19 Romanian counties, in connection with the crimes of establishing an organised criminal group, extortion, false arrest, beating and other types of physical abuse, destruction and aiding and abetting, told Agerpres. "In this case, it has been noted that in 2018 an organised criminal group was established nationwide with the intent of committing mainly extortion crimes related to gambling. The members of the group, by applying various forms of extortion on representatives of commercial companies, would have sought to eliminate competition in this field," the Bucharest Police General Directorate (DGPMB) reported on Wednesday.The operation regards the city of Bucharest and the counties of Prahova, Brasov, Iasi, Suceava, Botosani, Tulcea, Constanta, Cluj, Timis, Vrancea, Buzau, Bihor, Valcea, Dolj, Gorj, Sibiu, Bacau, Mures, and Salaj.

Police executing 123 search warrants in Bucharest, 19 counties in connection with gambling extortion
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The Violent Criminal Groups Service of the Bucharest City Police and prosecutors with the Department for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) are executing 123 search warrants at homes and buildings owned or used by several individuals, as well as headquarters and workplaces of legal entities in the city of Bucharest and 19 Romanian counties, in connection with the crimes of establishing an organised criminal group, extortion, false arrest, beating and other types of physical abuse, destruction and aiding and abetting, told Agerpres. "In this case, it has been noted that in 2018 an organised criminal group was established nationwide with the intent of committing mainly extortion crimes related to gambling. The members of the group, by applying various forms of extortion on representatives of commercial companies, would have sought to eliminate competition in this field," the Bucharest Police General Directorate (DGPMB) reported on Wednesday.The operation regards the city of Bucharest and the counties of Prahova, Brasov, Iasi, Suceava, Botosani, Tulcea, Constanta, Cluj, Timis, Vrancea, Buzau, Bihor, Valcea, Dolj, Gorj, Sibiu, Bacau, Mures, and Salaj.