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7th May, 2020

Hundreds of police in major drug raid

Some 200 police officers riding in 65 cars, along with six Counter-Terrorist Centre units, raided 22 locations on Tuesday morning as they cracked down on a criminal gang which has been dealing in a new psychoactive substance, police announced yesterday.

Police detained 23 people, and questioned two as witnesses and 21 others as suspects of involvement in a criminal organisation.

The gang reportedly sold the substance – known as kristály (crystal), hópihe (snowflake) and kréta (chalk) – in one-kilogram packs for Ft 3,000-5,000 per dose.

Police officers seized nearly Ft 50 million in cash, four cars, 90 mobile phones, 160 items of jewellery, and two properties.

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