Organized crime was always a problem during the break up of Yugoslavia and Yugoslavian wars, followed by transition of Serbia and Montenegro. During the Yugoslavian wars, there were few paramilitary formations. Within these formations, there were plenty of criminals, who, in addition to the war, were looking to get as much profit as possible. One of the paramilitary formations was led by Vidoje Vukanovic and Zlatko Duskovic. They established connections with Belgrade Underground during the war and met many future associates. Following the end of the war they sought new fields where they could earn cash. The group specialized in theft and weapon smuggling.
The turn of the century didn't bring any good news to the war torn country. The state was powerless to do anything against the organized crime families, Vukanovic's crew was not an exception. In addition to theft and smuggling weapons, the group saw a new way to earn money, which was smuggling heroin from Albania to other countries inside of European Union.
After wars and fall of Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, new Serbian government decided that Serbia will start process of accession of Serbia to the European Union. One of the conditions for Serbia to become a member of the European Union is to catch and process all war criminals from the former wars. Serbia postponed this because of the population's discontent, but under pressure from the European Union finally launched first actions in 2008 with arrest of Radovan Karadzic. Serbia continued to take those actions, and list of wanted war criminals was updating over time. Vukanovic’s members were not on the wanted list till 2018, and for the first time on the list there were names of Vidoje and Zlatko Duskovic, as well as other members of the crew.
Vidoje and Zlatko found that out, and decided to take actions. They contacted their associate in USA, Zvezdan, asking for help.
With the help of Zvezdan and his connections, Vukanovic's group was succesfully moved into Los Santos, over some time.