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Police seizes about 155 kilos of heroin from 2 drug trafficking groups in Moscow region

July 11, 2013, 12:39 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, July 11 (Itar-Tass) - About 155 kilograms of heroin were confiscated from two drug trafficking groups busted in the Moscow Region, the press service of the department of the Federal Drug Control Service /FDSC/ in the Moscow Region told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

“Three drug dealers were detained in Zelenograd by the operatives of the special task force. According to available reports, a detainee is being wanted by the Tajik Interior Ministry for murder, another one was fighting for Islamic militants during the civil war in Tajikistan and was a commander of the armed unit,” the press service said.

Their car has been thoroughly searched through by the operatives and the caches were found in it. “The production continuity of the rear wheel arch liners was broken, 16 packages with heroin were planted above them and in the wing spars from the right side, 22 packages with a total weight of over 37 kilograms were planted on the left side,” the press service reported. According to the reports of the drug police, the concentration of this heroin is ten times higher than the quality of the so-called street drug.

Several criminal cases were opened, all detainees are arrested and are pending a court verdict of up to life in prison.

Meanwhile, the drug police in the Moscow Region busted an ethnic criminal group, which was engaged in massive wholesale heroin supplies to the Moscow Region. “Over 115 kilograms of high-quality drug that cost on billion 392 million roubles at the retail prices of the black market and the number of one-time doses is five millions was confiscated from the illegal circulation. This amount of drugs is enough to provide with drugs each third resident of the Russian capital notwithstanding the guests and the migrants,” the press service reported.

The operation to bust this Tajik criminal group has been on since November 2012. Last January, a cell of the drug trafficking group based in the Serebryano-Prudsky district was busted, several active members of the criminal group were detained, 90 kilograms of heroin were confiscated.

“The search for the criminals involved in the criminal group and new cells of the criminal group and the channels of drug supplies in Russia was continued. The detectives found out that the mastermind of the criminal group was staying outside Russia. In early July the information was obtained that a new batch of heroin, which will be delivered from Tajikistan, should be supplied for this drug trafficking group. Meanwhile, the drug supplier arrived in Russia by aircraft almost simultaneously with the drugs, and the drug recipient has also been staying in Russia for less than a month, coming to Moscow in the middle of June,” the press service said.

The detectives found that heroin was delivered from Kyrgyzstan by heavy-duty trucks with the legal cargo of cherry plum, which should have been delivered to St. Petersburg. But in the course of transportation the route was changed, a 20-tonne-carrying truck arrived in the Moscow Region.

“The drivers of the truck turned out to be two Kyrgyz citizens, who were quite astonished with a real cargo that they were trafficking. A 35-year-old Tajik citizen, who was the drug supplier from Kyrgyzstan, and a 28-year-old Tajik citizen, who should have received the drugs in Moscow, were detained simultaneously in an attempt to deliver some part of the supplied heroin by a minivan hired in the Moscow Region from the Leninsky district in the Istra district, where a drug cache was planned to plant,” the press service reported.

Heroin was being trafficked in the containers for cherry plum, in thin wooden panels 2 centimetres thick, where four niches were made, in which the packages with heroin were placed with the weight from 300 to 400 grams located in a very thin layer. Over 115 kilograms of heroin were placed this way.

The detainees are arrested.

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