Serbian cocaine king planned assassination of president Tadic
Belgrade - A Balkan criminal gang accused of drugs smuggling and led by "cocaine king" Darko Saric allegedly planned the assassination of Serbian President Boris Tadic, officials said Monday.
The Serbian secret service had uncovered several assassination plots targeting Tadic and several other state officials involved in an investigation against Saric and his gang, state secretary for the Ministry of Justice Slobodan Homen told Beta news agency.
"Because of these and other information, the security level was raised to the highest possible level," he said, adding that the plots were made in retaliation for the seizure of several properties belonging to Saric's gang.
The plans allegedly envisaged several hitmen murdering all those involved in an investigation against Saric "in a highly coordinated action."
The powerful Saric clan is said to be one of the major cocaine suppliers in Europe.
It was involved in the attempt to smuggle 2.7 tons of cocaine to Europe in the autumn. The shipment was stopped in Uruguay in an international police raid, but it is estimated that many more have made it to their destination.
Saric and other suspected leaders of the organization disappeared in Montenegro after the raid, which was spearheaded by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency.
Belgrade media reported over the weekend that the group has laundered more than 1.3 billion dollars in Serbia alone.
Posted : Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:08:21 GMT
By : dpa