Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Man carrying 12.5 kilograms of heroin arrested in Yekaterinburg

According to the Department of the Federal Security Service of the Sverdlovsk region, Yekaterinburg police detained a native of Tajikistan on Thursday for allegedly carrying 12.5 kilograms of heroin.

The man purchased the drug on the Kazakh-Russian border allegedly in an effort to sell it in the Middle Urals territory, Itar-Tass reports.

"Heroin was imported from Afghanistan, according to the stamps on the parcels containing the drug," the department said, according to Itar-Tass. "FSB experts noted a high concentration of confiscated heroin, which would have enabled drug dealers to dilute it in the ratio of 1 to 10. The drug mule was placed under arrest."

According to a 2009 report by the International Narcotics Control Board, Russia is estimated to have 2.5 million drug addicts and 5.1 million drug abusers. A 2010 report cited a figure of 1.6 million to 1.8 million opioid abusers, which is a category that includes heroin.

Officials in Russia have said that Afghan heroin has led to an explosive increase in drug abuse, though the estimates of the specific number of heroin abusers varies widely. There are few government treatment programs available to counteract the epidemic of drug addiction that is currently spreading through Russia, the New York Times reports.

"The Russian Federation remains the European country with the highest number of people who abuse opioids," the INCB report said, according to the New York Times.