A court in St. Petersburg has left on storage of ten kilograms of cocaine

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in photobacteria Themis. Archival photoA court in St. Petersburg has left on storage of ten kilograms of cocaine© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

Saint-Petersburg city court left in custody when the case about ten kilograms of cocaine after a jury acquittal of the defendants of smuggling drugs from the Dominican Republic, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday the head United a press-services of the municipal courts (OPS) Daria Lebedeva.

Earlier it was reported that on 31 October the Saint-Petersburg city court issued a not guilty verdict against Andrew Brekina, George Kalvacha, Anton Melnikov and Yevgeny Savchenko, accused of cocaine smuggling from the Dominican Republic in bottles of rum. The defendants were acquitted in connection with the lack of evidence of a crime. Wednesday was the announcement of the verdict in this case.

«The court acquitted all four accused, while retaining their right to rehabilitation. In addition, the court allowed the evidence, ruling that approximately ten kilograms of cocaine to be stored at business in the St. Petersburg city court,» — said Lebedev.

In February 2017, the Prosecutor General’s office reported that George Kolbach, Andrew Brodkin and Anton were part of a criminal group, which until 2015 was smuggling large quantities of cocaine from Dominican Republic to Russia. According to the Prosecutor General, the attackers had cocaine dissolved in liquid, does not alter its properties, and poured into bottles of rum, and then transported the bottles under the guise of alcohol in Russia using specially selected couriers.

Four defendants were charged with committing crimes under part 3 of article 30 part 5 of article 228.1, part 1, article 30, paragraphs «a, b» of part 4 of article 229.1 of the criminal code (attempt to illegal drug trafficking, to drug smuggling).

According to the Prosecutor General, informed the three partners in crime were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment.