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MOSCOW, October 24 (Itar-Tass) — Director of the federal drug control service /FSKN/ Viktor Ivanov said police have seized some 85 tons of narcotics since the beginning of this year. Some 170,000 criminal cases were opened under drug-trafficking articles of the penal code.
"Russian law-enforcement bodies opened 170,000 criminal cases in the first nine months of this year and seized 85 tons of substances, including 5 tons of opium, 2.5 tons of synthetic and psychedelic drugs and 20 tons of marijuana," Ivanov said at a joint meeting of FSKN and Interior Ministry officials on Wednesday.
Police eliminated 5,000 drug dens, 22 large drug labs and more than 4,000 homemade drug productions.
More than 12,000 criminal groups have been routed, including 40 groups that engaged in large and well-concealed drug production. More than 88,000 persons have been arraigned. Joint efforts helped to considerably slow down the increase in drug consumption, Ivanov said.