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09.07.2007

Russia’s drug control service seizes 1 tonne of heroin in Jan-June

The Russian federal drugs control service has seized 1 tonne of heroin in Russia in January-June, the service’s chief Viktor Cherkesov, who is visiting Tokyo, told Itar-Tass on Friday. He cited the United Nation’s estimates saying that Russia ranks world’ s fifth and the EU’s second after Turkey in seizing heroine. Cherkesov pointed out that over the past two years trimethyl fentanyl that is four thousand times dangerous than heroin appeared in Russia. He reiterated that in the 1990s and in the early 2000s the number of drug abusers increased by 24 percent in Russia. But over the past three years the situation stabilized and the number of drug abusers increased less than by 2 percent. Several thousands of crimes related to drug money laundering were prevented in Russia of late, Cherkesov said.
Source:  itar-tass.com

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