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Russian and German Customs liquidate a drug trafficking corridor

February 02, 2012, 15:46 UTC+3

The Russian Customs Service with the assistance of the German Customs service liquidate a long existing corridor used for drug trafficking

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MOSCOW, February 2 (Itar-Tass) —The Russian Customs Service with the assistance of  the German Customs service and FSB have liquidated a long existing corridor used for drug trafficking from Latin America into the Russian Federation, the Federal Customs Service said on Thursday.

On January 11 Customs officers in Frankfurt-am-Main found two kilograms of drug-containing stuff (mescaline) in a parcel, which arrived from Lima (Peru) and was addressed to Moscow. The German Customs contacted their Russian counterparts, asking them to conduct an international operation to find the drug dealers.

The Russian Customs Service organized a special operation and detained four drug dealers who were smuggling substances identified as mitragynine and other drug herbs containing mescaline from Peru into Russia for the subsequent sale in Russia.

The organizers of the criminal business proved to be citizens of the Russian Federation who own an Internet shop through which seeds, tea, flowers, mushrooms and other substances were sold, including narcotic ones, which produced an effect of delirium. Couriers involved in the criminal business practices received drug parcels, which were sent to their homes and then sold though the Internet shop.

More than 100 kilograms of drugs were found after the suspects' apartments were searched.


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