Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Authorities arrest nine on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking ring

Nine suspected drug traffickers were arrested last Thursday after officials seized more than 396 pounds of synthetic drugs found in their possession.

The suspects are accused of belonging to the largest drug distribution channel in the Urals--a group which the Ministry of Internal Affairs began investigating in November, RIA Novosti reports.

Packages containing synthetic drugs with a total estimated street value of $40 million were recovered at each of the homes of the nine suspects throughout Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Nizhnevartovsk and Novosibirsk.

Officials allege that one of the suspects, a 19 year-old resident of the Moscow region, is a high-ranking leader of the drug cartel.

"A criminal case on charges of organizing a criminal group and participate in it," a statement from the Interior Ministry said, according to RIA Novosti. "All nine suspects by the court into custody."