Christijan Palić, a Croatian citizen who is believed to be one of the leaders of the Western Balkans wing cartel, was arrested in Istanbul on Thursday as part of the “Cartel-3” operation.
He is suspected of importing cocaine from South America to Europe and played an important role in laundering money obtained through crime, writes the Turkish portal yahizaber.
He was wanted by numerous European countries, and Brazil also issued an Interpol warrant for him. He was arrested in a luxuriously decorated apartment, where the Christmas tree was already decorated.
His arrest underscores Turkey’s key role in the global fight against cross-border drug-related crimes.
“I would like our dear nation to know that we are determined to rid Turkey of national and international organized crime groups and drug traffickers, and with your support, we will succeed,” Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced on social media.
Let us remind you that the Turkish police previously arrested Nenad Petrak, another Croatian citizen who is believed to be among the leaders of the international drug cartel that transfers drugs from South America to Europe.