This should be a "nice surprise" for drug traffickers who swapped a delivery truck in the basement garage of the Grand Casino in Basel on the afternoon of May 16 this year. Following clues from their international partners, they accused a cocaine shipment that had previously landed at Basel-Mulhouse airport with a private jet. opposite the Ford Transit. But there he was, Michael Dokovich, a wonderful Montenegrin, with two accomplices, a pilot and a computer scientist. At the trunk: 21 bags full of drugs, a total of 600 pounds of cocaine. It is the largest seizure of narcotic drugs ever on Swiss soil.
Case of Cocaine: The drug is hidden in the luggage. Photo: PD
This came as a surprise to the Swiss authorities. They say they need to react "late at night" and "quickly" to information provided by Croatian authorities, Fedpol federal police spokesman Thomas Dayer said. "The big boss himself is in the area ̵
The 60-year-old's arrest, old Montenegrin was a "pleasant surprise," said Colonel François Després of the French Gendarmerie. And the end of "Operation Familia", which runs for months. «Delivery is being monitored. After landing we had the product on the Basel side. This is related to the scenario of the Czech and Croatian authorities. »
Here Dokovich was arrested along with two accomplices: The Grand Casino Basel. Photo: Keystone
Collaborative research on the European Investigative Collaboration (EIC) platform shows how Dokovich's criminal machinations work. How he smuggled cocaine with his private jet across Europe for years. And how investigators handled him
Cash in a Mercedes
According to Croatian sources, investigations into Operation Familia begin at the end of 2017 and lead to an October 2018 victory: in Croatian The Slovenian border near Zagreb, customs officials find one million euros in cash on a Mercedes' chassis. In the car: Michael Dokovich's girlfriend. The money was confiscated, officials released Dokovich's girlfriend – and clung to their heels. In a phone call his partner boasted of having organized dozens of similar cash transports over the years. On Facebook, he openly posed as a jovial hotelier, owner of a fun establishment in Tuzi, Montenegro, near the border with Albania.
In fact, according to investigators, he was trading cocaine from his apartment in Zagreb under various other pseudonyms. Her birth name: Ilmija Frljuckic. His gang includes a corrupt Croatian police officer who gives him information and helps him to develop false identities.
Dokovich bought his business in US fraudulent robberies that he carried out on a large scale around the turn of the millennium. His gang released the PIN codes of more than 20,000 bank customers at this time. Your scam: Fake ATMs that copy card numbers and user codes. His accomplices were arrested, including his brother. But Dokovich fled to Europe, with millions of dollars in his suitcase.
South American contacts
The following years were in darkness. Dokovich has clearly developed his gang into a strong organization with worldwide connections. His network extends to Hong Kong, where police confiscated 421 kilograms of cocaine intended for Australia in April this year.
Dokovic's right-hand man, Petro "Pjer" Sarac, made contacts in South America and even let Costa Rican criminals fly to Zagreb. This direct exchange of American cartels is a sign of new cocaine kings. "These groups from the Western Balkans are trying to act in front of them, as do the Italians and Nigerians," observed a Swiss police official. "They are directly present in South America, possibly negotiating or arranging transportation."
According to some investigators, Serbian, Montenegrin or Albanian organizations have become a growing force in the cocaine trade. They were able to set up direct sales routes from South America to Europe without middlemen, reducing costs and reducing the risk of being caught. to distribute to the world: private jets. In early 2019, he founded the MD Global Jet plane and hired Czech pilots who brought VIP passengers accompanied by real flight attendants to maintain the look of a reputable company. private aircraft court aircraft for cocaine transportation: the drug will be loaded at May 16 Basel airport from jet M-FISH. Photo: Europol
Flight movements of a Gulfstream V with M-FISH registration – only the plane, with Dokovich according to a decision of the Federal Criminal Court on May 16, will present the case in cocaine – how busy Dokovich used his jets. fly in. And this is not the first trip to Switzerland: since 2016, M-FISH has ridden more than a dozen times on Swiss soil. For example, the aircraft will fly from Albania via Geneva to Basel on January 10, 2019.
The private jet covers four long-haul flights to South America between October 2018 and March 2019. Purpose of three South American flights according to verdict: cocugg smuggling. On May 16, on the return flight from Uruguay, investigators then hit Basel. Fedpol has recorded action as a major achievement. "Fedpol plays a key role in ensuring a fast exchange of information with the other countries involved," spokesman Thomas Dayer said.
The double life of the alleged hotelier and private jet businessman seems to be over for Dokovich today. He and his two accomplices should be extradited to Croatia. The computer scientist was transferred to the Croatian authorities on 4 October. Dokovich and pilot's beliefs were rejected by the Federal Criminal Court on October 29.
Collaborators: Duc Quang Nguyen, Tito Plattner and Hannes von Wyl
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Created: 11.11.2019, 11:30