Thursday, November 23, 2017

Russian federal officials confiscate drugs from Yekaterinburg couriers

Eleven kilograms of drugs were confiscated from drug couriers in Yekaterinburg on Thursday, according to the Department of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service for the Sverdlovsk region.

The couriers were found carrying approximately three kilograms of heroin and 8.5 kilograms of hashish. The drugs were found by drug police when they checked a vehicle that contained 13 briquettes of drugs covered in scotch tape, Itar-Tass reports.

"As a chemical analysis showed later on, four briquettes contained heroin weighing 2.9 kilograms, and the rest of them - hashish weighing more than 8.5 kilograms," a representative of the department, said, according to Itar-Tass. "Besides, $2,600 were (sic) found in the car."

Criminal proceedings were instituted against the couriers, who were citizens of Tajikistan and Russia. The couriers face between eight and 20 years in prison with up to a $31,107 fine.

In June, Yekaterinburg hosted an anti-drug rally to encourage locals to take to the streets in the cause against drugs. The Red Cross said that the youth of the city is particularly at risk from drugs, Kp.ru reports.

"We want to attract people's attention to the problems of drug abuse," Komsomolskaya Pravda, a representative of the Red Cross, said, according to Kp.ru. "More and more young people now are at risk, and it is for them, we want to make this rally and tell (them) 'no' to drugs."