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270 ethnobotanical bags confiscated in Bucharest

Over 90 grams and 270 ethnobotanical bags were confiscated on the night of Wednesday to Thursday during raids in which officers from the Organized Crime Brigade (BCCO) targeted ethnobotanical shops in Bucharest, Mediafax informs. According to the aforementioned source, nine ethnobotanical shops were raided, particularly those located in the vicinity of schools and high schools. The confiscated products total RON 16,000. The products were taken to the Central Laboratory for the Analysis of Drugs. Likewise, police officers identified 9 crimes and issued 15 fines totaling RON 73,100. Four shops were suspended. Criminal files have been opened for the illegal plantation, production, manufacturing, experimentation, extraction, transformation, selling, distribution, delivery, mailing, transportation, procuring, buying and ownership of high risk drugs. Authorities will continue their controls. The action took place on the basis of the joint order issued by the Internal Affairs Minister, the Finance Minister, the Agriculture Minister, the National Sanitary, Veterinary and Food Safety Authority and the National Consumer Protec­tion Agency. Likewise, the order issued by the Bucharest Prefect and the plan of measures adopted by BCCO Bucharest’s Anti-drug Service and the Bucharest Police were also taken into account. According to Health Minister Attila Cseke, the government will take a decision on ethnobotanical products next week.

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