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MOSCOW, November 12 (Itar-Tass) — As of the beginning of the year, more than 20 underground chemical laboratories for production of synthetic drugs on an industrial scale have been liquidated in Russia, ITAR-TASS learnt at the Information Department of the Russian Federal Drug Control Department (FDCD) on Monday.
“As of the beginning of 2012, FDCD officers have liquidated more than 1,700 cottage industries to produce and process drug means, including 23 underground chemical laboratories where synthetic drugs were produced on an industrial scale,” a representative of the department said.
Drug police jointly with their colleagues from the Federal Security Service and the Ministry for Emergencies of Russia liquidated one of such laboratories in Moscow. Amphetamine was produced in a garage box. Technical possibilities made it possible to produce up to 30 kilograms of drugs a month, which were sold in the Moscow Region.
A student of one of the capital institutes of higher education and his friend-hairdresser were the owners the laboratory. Now both of them are in custody. During a search, drug policemen confiscated from the organizers of the criminal group a major batch of amphetamine drugs, over one kilogram of heroine, equipment, raw materials and special literature.
“Besides, drug police found in the garage box four small metal containers. According to experts from the Russian Ministry for Emergencies, they contained the radioactive substance — plutonium,” the source said.
According to the FDCD, two days later, during further investigative actions, one of the main suppliers of radioactive substances — an information science teacher of the Moscow lyceum was detained. While searching his apartment and garage, operatives confiscated 20 articles with high radiation and 62 cartridges of 5.6-mm caliber.