Bulgaria's special prosecution charged 10 men detained Thursday in Montana with blackmail and drug trafficing in the city's region.

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Detainees are accused of being part of a criminal group for blackmail through phisical violence including body torture and drug trafficking on the territory of Montana region.

Members of the criminal group were arrested on May 30, 2019 in a joint operation of the Specialized Prosecution, General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and National Police in cooperation with Military police force in Montana and Sofia. Douzens of houses and motor cars were searched and a significant number of personal searches were carried out by the police.

So far collected evidence have proved that the gang, active in Montana region since 2012, was headed by Martin Antov. Its broad criminal activity included mostly blackmail over farmers, businessmen and common citizens as well as drug trafficking.