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ULAN-UDE, September 13 (Itar-Tass) — The Zabaikalye Territory court sentenced 12 heroin traders to long prison terms, the regional drug control department (UFSKN) told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.
"The drug traders have been found guilty of the commission 32 crimes, including illegal sale and attempted sale of narcotics as members of an organized criminal group, and sales on an especially large scale," the UFSKN said.
The group of sellers was led by Mikhail Voloshin. It functioned in secrecy and had tough discipline, which enabled the group to operate with impunity for a long time.
Group members kept heroin in caches, and packaged it before selling. The narcotics were distributed at Chita's trade outlets, educational facilities and nightclubs. The retailers passed the proceeds to Voloshin.
Drug police confiscated 7.5 kilograms of heroin worth over 24 million roubles.
The criminal case comprised 64 volumes. Voloshin was sentenced to 18 years in a maximum regime penitentiary. Nine defendants were sentenced to 5.5 years to 16 years, and two were given suspended sentences up to 8 years.