Man Connected to Darko Saric’s Money Laundering Arrested

Montenegro police have arrested a former director of two offshore companies connected to the fugitive Montenegrin drug lord Darko Saric. They are looking for several other individuals and investigating dozens of offshore companies linked to Saric.

Nemanja Krstajic was arrested Monday night, on a warrant issued by the Serbian Interpol. He has no criminal record, and is not implicated in Saric’s drug trade. He came to the attention of the authorities because he served as executive director, in 2009, of two offshore companies linked to Saric. Saric used such companies to launder drug money.

Police in the Republika Srpska (RS), the smaller entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, recently supplied new information to the Special Prosecutor for Organized Crime, the Vijesti news agency reported. The police tracked US$2,658,425 allegedly connected to Saric. The money was sent from the US, via a German bank, into Bobar Bank in the RS.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Center for Investigative Reporting in Serbia (CINS) investigated Saric’s companies. These investigations published in June also connected Saric’s drug money to the First Bank in Montenegro, which isowned by the family of former Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic.