A Czech man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison in New Zealand for
attempting to smuggle 20 kilogrammes of methamphetamine to the country, the
local daily, The Stuff, reported on Tuesday.
The 42-year old Czech and his mother were arrested in May 2016 at the airport in Auckland where they arrived on a flight from Thailand. The drugs, with a street value of up to 20 million US dollars, were discovered in secret compartments in their luggage.
Charges against the mother were dropped after the investigation showed she had no knowledge of the drugs.
Cross-border trade in the Czech produced drug pervitin or methamphetamine
remains a problem in Germany. According to a recent report by the German
Federal Criminal Police Office, the uptake of pervitine is spreading mainly
in the southern and eastern part of Germany which border on the Czech
According to the German police, around five to ten tonnes of methamphetamine is produced in the Czech Republic each year. Last year, German police seized 62 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, which was five tonnes less than in the previous year.
Police from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland have cracked down on a
gang that produced vast quantities of the drug pervitin or crystal
Forty one people have been charged altogether, eight in the Czech Republic. The drug was produced in illegal home labs and sold in Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
650 police officers worked on the case for close to a year.
Two Czech nationals, Markéta Všelichová and Miroslav Farkas, have been sentenced to six years, three months, in prison by a Turkish court. The couple was accused of being part of the Kurdish militia YPG, which Turkey considers a terrorist group. The two had said they were humanitarian workers who had aimed to create a field hospital near the Turkish-Iraqi border.
Around four fifths of Czechs regard drug use as a problem according to a survey carried out by the CVVM agency. Half of the respondents, however, regarded the responsible institutions are dealing with the question adequately. Two fifths also said they believed that treatment for addicts should be free. The survey was carried out in May. The latest figure of 82 percent regarding the issue as a problem is a slight fall on the 2015 figure when 88 percent said drug use was a serious issue.
Two Czechs have been arrested on the Greek island of Crete for using metal detectors illegally at the site of an archaeological dig. Local media said the two were charged with the violation of regulations on the protection of cultural heritage after entering a highly restricted area. Both men were released on bail on Tuesday and efforts are being made to secure their return to the Czech Republic, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The Czechs, aged 33 and 35, were arrested in the Chania area on July 21.
Radovan Krejčíř was moved to South Africa’s most secure prison last month after the authorities uncovered an escape plot by the Czech mafia boss, the South African news website Times Live reported on Thursday. Krejčír is serving a 35-year jail term for attempted murder, kidnap and drug running. Last week he lodged a complaint against what he called inhuman conditions at the eBongweni C-Max prison. However, prison service officials said he had been transferred there after a security breach. Krejčír is reported to have planned prison escapes several times in the past. He fled investigation in the Czech Republic in 2005 and later became one of South Africa’s most notorious criminals.
Police in Thailand arrested a Czech man wanted by Interpol on fraud charges in the Czech Republic, the daily Bangkok Post wrote on Saturday. The 42-year-old Radek Juříček from Vsetín was allegedly hiding in the Thailand for three years. According to the daily, the man had cheated a company in the Czech Republic by falsifying documents, causing damage worth 1.5 million euros to the firm. He was arrested on Koh Samui island in the south of the country on Friday, after being alerted by the Czech Embassy in Thailand. After the arrest, the suspect was taken to the Immigration Bureau before being handed over to Interpol.
Czech customs officers on Wednesday stopped a car at the Vietnamese Sapa market in Prague and found eight kilogrammes of pervitin, Czech Radio reported on Friday. The street value of the drug has been estimated at around five million crowns. The driver, who is a foreign national, was arrested and faces up to 12 years of prison.