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122,000 people brought to criminal liability on drug-related charges in 2015

January 13, 23:32 updated at: January 14, 0:32 UTC+3 NOVO-OGARYOVO
The chief of Russia’s federal drug control service Viktor Ivanov said
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NOVO-OGARYOVO, January 13. /TASS/. A total of 122,000 people were brought to criminal liability on drug-related charges in Russia in 2015, the chief of Russia’s federal drug control service said on Wednesday.

"Criminal charges were brought against 122,000 people," Viktor Ivanov said.

4,300 drug-related criminal groups liquidated in Russia in 2015

Russia’s drug control service liquidated 4,300 drug-related criminal groups and seized more than 36 tonnes of drugs in 2015, the service’s chief Viktor Ivanov said on Wednesday.

"Jointly with colleagues we liquidated 4,300 organized criminal groups dealing with drugs," Ivanov said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "As a result, we seized more than 36 tonnes of drugs."

According to Ivanov, among the seized drugs were 3.5 tonnes of opium group drugs, including two tonnes of heroin, as well as 21 tonnes of marijuana, three tonnes of cannabis, and 1.5 tonnes of cocaine.

He noted a tendency of increasing the volume of seized synthetic drugs reaching Russian mostly from Southeast Asia. "They are concentrate drugs to manufacture some 130 tonnes of spices," he said.

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