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KRASNOYARSK, April 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Drug police have detained a former Russian rugby team member in Krasnoyarsk on suspicion of involvement in drug sales.
The police withheld the detainee’s name but said he had led the Krasny Yar team for years. Subsequent reports identified the long-standing captain of Krasny Yar as Oleg Azarenko, an international master of sports.
The regional department of the federal drug control service told ITAR-TASS that police had found several kinds of narcotics in the athlete’s apartments.
The haul included synthetic drugs, hashish, smoking mixes and hashish oil. The drugs were found in the refrigerator.
The detainee told police he had been a drug addict because of "a difficult situation", which developed after he had to quit his sport career following an injury.
The athlete already had problems with the law. In 2011, he was sentenced to three years in prison for battery.
Criminal proceedings against the 37-year-old rugby player were opened over illegal keeping, transportation, production and processing of drugs. If convicted, he might face up to ten years in jail.