Insta model who flaunted wealth online arrested in mega raid targeting drug gang

A glamorous Instagram model and her husband are gang members of a high profile drug ring, police allege.

Zuzana Plackova, 30, was one of 15 people who were handcuffed in a drugs bust that seized a haul of methamphetamine, weapons and tens of thousands of Euros in cash.

Officers stormed her apartment in Bratislava, Slovakia on Monday morning but despite the jaw-dropping recovery of illicit items, Plackova and her husband Rene Strausz, deny any involvement.

The influencer, whose 'Queen Plackova' Instagram account boasts 787,000 followers, uses social media to flaunt a luxury lifestyle of holidays, private jets and designer clothing and handbags.

Police have revealed that in total they seized in the raid, over 9kg (20 lbs) of methamphetamine – totalling at least 90,000 single doses – in addition to weapons, ammunition, cigarettes and over €70,000 (£60,278).

Plackova and her husband have since denied consuming or selling drugs. However, the police have named the couple as part of a criminal group they believe was involved in importing and distributing cocaine and meth.

They named the others in the alleged group as Tibor Guban, Peter Soka, Miroslav Farkas and David Lukac, and said that all suspects had been earning money from the group's illegal activities in the Trnava, Bratislava and Trencin regions since 2012.

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According to the police, Guban was in charge of importing the drugs and the remaining members of the group were dealers, who sold the illicit substances to consumers and other dealers.

The suspects' arrests were the culmination of a long investigation in which they allegedly incriminated themselves during phone calls that the police had tapped.

Decisions on nine of the suspects' preventive custody including Plackova's are due to be reported today (Thursday, 30th September).

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Plackova has been a celebrity in her native Slovakia ever since her appearance in the Slovak reality TV show 'Hotel Paradise' in 2012.

When quizzed on her finances in her last interview prior to her arrest, she replied: "The truth is that I save a lot."

She also claimed that her wealth came from her company of beauty products named 'Queen Collagen'.

Plackova and her husband face drug-related, gang-related and other charges.

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