ArmInfo.The Armenian police continue the work aimed at combating criminal elements and eliminating the criminal subculture.
According to the results of a special operation in the Armavir region, persons representing a criminal subculture were brought to the police station. During the searches, substances similar to the drug were found. In addition, illegal weapons and ammunition, including a pistol, were handed to law enforcement officers on a voluntary basis. The Police said in a statement that those involved in the criminal subculture will always be in the focus of law enforcement.
To recall, in Armenia, measures of responsibility for participation in the criminal community have been tightened. According to amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, participation in organized criminal groups is punishable by imprisonment of 4 to 8 years with or without confiscation of property.
The legislative package defines the concept of a criminal subculture and responsibility in cases where a citizen on a voluntary basis becomes part of it, joining a particular group that has a criminal focus. Criminal subculture is a group of persons with criminal ranks and interpersonal hierarchical relations who act in accordance with the rules of behavior established and recognized by them, which do not comply with the rules of conduct established by the state or law. The purpose of these groups is to commit a crime or to sponsor a crime, to participate in a criminal offense, to resolve public or private disputes related to violence, threat, coercion or other illegal actions, or to obtain an illegal gain or other advantage.