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359 kg of drugs seized in operation in four RF regions

March 18, 2013, 14:03 UTC+3

All in all 439 people were detained and 1,066 drug circulation-related crimes were registered

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MOSCOW, March 18 (Itar-Tass) – Almost 360 kilograms of drugs were seized in an anti-drug operation in four Russian regions, sources from the Federal Drug Control Service (FDCS) told Tass on Monday.

An interdepartmental operation codenamed Lavina was carried out by officers from the FDCS, the Federal Security Service, the Federal Penitentiary Service, the Federal Migration Service, the Federal Customs Service, the Rospotrebnadzor consumer rights watchdog and other law enforcement officers. “A total of 359 kilograms of drugs and psychotropic substances were seized in the operation,” FDCS sources said. There were 32.5 kilograms of heroin, 139 kilograms of marijuana, 53 kilograms of hashish, 32 kilograms of synthetic drugs and two kilograms of superpotent substances among them.

All in all 439 people were detained and 1,066 drug circulation-related crimes were registered. Arrests on property of charged offenders worth almost 12 million dollars were imposed, the sources added.

They said the operation was carried out in Tatarstan as well as in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Novosibirsk and Sverdlovsk regions.

“The operation has demonstrated that a stable tendency of Afghan heroin supplies to Russia via republics of Central Asia persists,” the sources summed up.


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