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Russian authorities conduct major drug bust in Vladimir Region

More than 700 kilograms of drugs and almost three tonnes of precursors have been seized from illicit trafficking

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Law enforcement officers apprehended two drug runners in the Vladimir Region and confiscated more than 700 kg of drugs and three tonnes of precursors, Internal Affairs Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said on Friday.

"In the Vladimir Region, police officers foiled the activities of a group that was engaged in the production and sale of synthetic drugs. More than 700 kilograms of drugs and almost three tonnes of precursors have been seized from illicit trafficking," the press center cites the minister as saying.

The Interior Ministry noted that the officers uncovered an underground laboratory where the perpetrators produced synthetic drugs in a private house in the Alexandrovsky district of the Vladimir Region. "According to preliminary estimates, over 100 kg of illegal substances could be manufactured there per month. The reactor, laboratory equipment, 2.7 tonnes of precursors, 63 kilograms of mephedrone and over 700 kilograms of narcotic drugs have been confiscated. The two drug dealers who came to the region from Kabardino-Balkaria were apprehended at the scene," the ministry specified.

In addition, as the ministry noted, a few days later, the police officers identified accomplices who acted as interregional drug runners and owners of wholesale warehouses. A young man was detained in a multi-storey residential block in Vladimir, possessing 25 kg of mephedrone in his rented flat. In the meantime, the police arrested 27-year-old man with 5 kg of the same substance in his private house in Smolensk.

Upon entering the Moscow Region from Vladimir, a BMW was stopped by police officers. In the car there were a driver and a passenger suspected of drug dealing in the Central Federal District. Ten kilograms of illegal drugs was found in the vehicle. A forensic examination that followed noted that the substance was mephedrone.

Based on these facts, eight criminal cases were initiated, seven of them under Part 3 of Article 30, Part 5 of Article 228.1 and under Part 5 of Article 228.1, as well as under Article 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The detainees have been taken into custody.