Croatian police officials from Rijeka and Istria County held a news conference in Pazin on Saturday, saying that the operation was launched in November 2020, after officials of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) provided information about drugs being smuggled from BiH to Croatia to be sold in the regions of Istria and Dalmatia.
The investigation covered 12 persons – nine Croatian and three BiH nationals, who are suspected of smuggling drugs in cargo and passenger vehicles, using, during the period of stricter border regime introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic, fictitious invitations to business meetings or citing transit as the purpose of travel, to enter Croatia.
Eleven of the 12 persons were arrested and placed in custody on 15 and 16 October while one person is on the run. Croatian police will continue the investigation in the case in cooperation with SIPA.
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