Lithuanian police officers and prosecutors involved in the dismantling of the organized criminal network "Agurkiniai" have been appreciated at Europol.
Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau (hereinafter LCPB) have completed a voluminous multi-episodic pre-trial investigation, comprising 100 volumes, on the activity of the armed organized criminal network "Agurkiniai". The pre-trial investigation was controlled and lead by the prosecutors of the Organized Crimes and Corruption Investigation Department of the General Prosecution Service of the Republic of Lithuania. In total, since the beginning of pre-trial investigation more than 50 persons have been officially suspected, the masterminds and members of the organized criminal group have been detained. In the course of the searches a large number of combat firearms, including sniper rifles and automatic weapons have been detected and seized. The majority of the weapons have suppressors, which may imply their use to execute ordered murders. In the course of the investigation a big amount of high-power military explosives have been found in one of the personal houses in Kaunas. Moreover, while proceeding with the pre-trial investigation activity, a great amount of narcotic and psychotropic substances have been seized. The drug-smuggling route encompassing South America, Spain, Holland, Lithuania and Russia has been identified and eliminated.
The deputy chief of LCPB Andžejus Roginskis stated that it was one of the most dangerous criminal networks operating recently. "We have completed one of the biggest and most significant investigations of this year. It has required a lot of efforts, time and human resources, but the result is worth it - one of the most dangerous organized criminal networks has been dismantled, and the Lithuanian society is now protected from the possible serious consequences." - A. Roginskis said. He also emphasized an important part played by Europol in the contemporary fight against international organized crime.
Pre-trial investigation on the activity of organized criminal network "Agurkiniai" was launched in May 2011. The investigation was carried out in close cooperation with the law enforcement officers from Ukraine, Belarus, the Russian Federation, Spain, the United Kingdom and Holland. A great deal of assistance was provided by the officials of Europol and Eurojust. These representatives participated in an official meeting organized by the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau, where pre-trial investigation on the activity of the organized criminal network "Agurkiniai" was presented and practical results of cooperation in fighting organized crime were discussed. The representatives of all law enforcement institutions that contributed to investigating the case of "Agurkiniai" took part in the meeting: officers of LCPB, prosecutors of the Organized Crimes and Corruption Investigation Department of the General Prosecution Service, representatives of Europol and Eurojust.
The representative of Europol Robert Črepinko on behalf of the leadership of Europol thanked the representatives of LCPB and the General Prosecution Service for close cooperation and successful pre-trial investigation which was widely known not only in Lithuania, but also in other European Union States, for that reason Europol paid special attention to coordinating this investigation. In the course of the official meeting of representatives of LCPB and the Organized Crimes and Corruption Investigation Department of the General Prosecution Service the representative of Europol on behalf of Europol leadership presented the certificate of appreciation to the LCPB for invaluable efforts and professional cooperation in dismantling this dangerous criminal network. In addition, the representative of Europol presented personal certificates of appreciation to the officers of LCPB and prosecutors responsible for this extraordinary investigation. Europol has also presented the certificate of appreciation to the former chief of Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau A. Matonis.
In the course of the press conference Robert Črepinko rejoiced that he can congratulate the LCPB and the General Prosecution Service on completing this significant investigation. "Close cooperation in investigating the crimes committed by organized criminal networks is especially effective and necessary in fighting this phenomenon. I would like to emphasize that Lithuanian law enforcement institutions employ the professionals who contribute to the maintenance of safety in Lithuania and whole Europe, which constitutes the basis for the society's welfare. Europol is happy to cooperate with the professionals. I am sure that a lot of significant tasks are to be completed by us in the future." - the head of one of Europol departments said.