CLANDESTINE DRUG PRODUCTION LABORATORIES IN SERBIA

Božidar Otašević, Dag Kolarević, Ivana Radovanović

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https://doi.org/10.22190/TEME191026067O
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1125
Last page
1140

Abstract


The problem of the existence of illegal drug production laboratories in the world was recorded as early as in the mid-twentieth century. At the beginning of the twentieth century, this global problem affected Serbia, too, when the first clandestine drug production laboratories, whose production capacities exceeded the demands of the Serbian drug market, were uncovered. The aim of this paper is to determine the characteristics of illegal laboratories for the production of narcotics in the Republic of Serbia and how widespread they are. On the basis of the data provided by the Department of Analytics at the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia, data relating to all illegal laboratories uncovered in Serbia (excluding Kosovo and Metohija) in the period from 2003 to 2019 was used. An exploratory research has been conducted analyzing 147 uncovered laboratories in which 245 illegal manufacturers were imprisoned. The production of marijuana took place in 92.5% of the laboratories, in 6.8% of cases synthetic drugs were produced, while hallucinogenic mushrooms were grown in one laboratory. A cartographic representation of how widespread the laboratories are and their basic characteristics in terms of location, production capacity and the type of installed equipment has also been provided.


Keywords

drugs, illicit production, laboratory, marijuana, synthetic drugs.

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