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Drugs and control over territory: a mob war in the Balkans
Material posted: Publication date: 11-01-2018
The world of drug trafficking passes through the heart of Serbia "Balkan route" used by smugglers to bring drugs into the territory of the whole Europe. This route has evolved over many years and was under the control of the Balkan criminal organizations, in particular mafia groups in Serbia and Montenegro. These two States have become the main crossroads of world drug trafficking. If initially Balkan criminal groups, particularly Serbs resisted the cartels exclusively logistics services, the balance of forces has changed: the availability of funds and resources allowed the Serbian mafia to become the undisputed leader of the smuggling.

Drug trafficking

40% of all confiscated in the world of opiates, heroin and morphine seized just on the Balkan route runs from Afghanistan to Europe through Iran, Turkey and Southeast Europe. This is stated in the world drug report in 2017, which is published annually by the United Nations Office on drugs and crime. The Balkan States, where the percentage of the use of hard drugs is not very high (with the exception of Albania) are the main transit region for all drugs, including those that come from South America. Through clans operating throughout the Balkans, are deals worth billions of dollars in Serbia and Montenegro at the highest level organized drug trafficking, investments are being made and laundered money. However, in the context of a multiplicity of organized criminal groups from different clans are constantly fighting each other for the most profitable business in the world.

The war between the clans

Davoren of Baltica (Davorin Baltić) killed with ten shots from a machine. The Montenegrin was the victim of ambushes in a mafia style because of the suspicion of belonging to a mafia clan. For many years Serbia immersed in a bloody war in the different groups, and in Belgrade in the last few months have seen multiple murders, the traces of which lead directly to neighboring Montenegro to organized criminal groups. The Baltic was killed in his car late at night in a residential area of the Serbian capital, and it was only the latest victim in a long list of such killings. The head of police Vladimir Rebić (Vladimir Rebić) suspects that the 41-year-old Montenegrin "was removed during the war of the rival clans". Davorin Baltic, was a member of the Montenegrin clan Kavach (Kavac), which is opposed to the more powerful clan Scalari (Skaljari). Both groups are based in the city Cattaro (Cattaro) on the Montenegrin coast and plan to expand his influence in Serbia. There is a war between rival factions for control of territory and market of drugs every day becomes more bloody and brutal.

The mafia and the government

The Serbian and Montenegrin authorities engaged in the fight against criminal organizations, but in spite of this, violence in the streets of their cities continued for many years local media reported. This is also confirmed by the figures published in the "Black book", a database prepared by radio Free Europe (Radio Slobodna Evropa) and the portal of Serbian investigative journalists "Scream" (Krik). In the "Black book" is a record of all the murders recorded in Serbia and Montenegro since 2012 and to this day. Authorities believe that all the dead (and there are 101 people) somehow connected with the mafia, although sentencing ended only five cases. More than 70% of the cases did not indicate even suspects. The collected data show that the mafia ambushes pose a danger to citizens. A large part of the killings happens in the daylight in public places: in February last year, two men barely suffered at explosion of the car of a man suspected of drug trafficking.

The mafia and politics

Since Serbia has declared war on the mafia, little has changed. "The reason why the identity of the majority of murderers have still not been established, is the relationship between organized crime and police authorities, prosecutors and security forces," says criminologist Dobrivoje radovanović (Dobrivoje Radovanovic). The local mafia are very much in effect, and the relationship between clans, politicians and security forces are no secret. The portal of investigative journalists "the Scream" has published data about the connections of one of the bosses of drug trafficking with the authorities. Acting Minister of foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic (Ivica Dačić) have publicly admitted that being on the post of the Prime Minister, visited Rodoljub Radulovic (Rodoljub Radulović), known as Misha Banana, accomplice Sarika Darko (Darko Sarić), the head of the most influential marcolana Serbia.


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