Friday, November 24, 2017

Novosibirsk court sentences man to six years for drug trafficking

A foreign national received a six year sentence in a high security prison this week for trafficking approximately 30 pounds of uncut heroin in Russia.

Khakdod Goziev, a national from a former Soviet Central Asian republic, was detained on a train from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk. He was found to be transporting the heroin in a linen bundle, RIA Novosti reports.

The amount of heroin found with Goziev would be approximately five to seven times larger once it was cut with other elements of the drug.

Approximately 90 percent of heroin consumed in Russia is smuggled in from Afghanistan via former republics of the Soviet Union, including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Approximately 30,000 people in Russia die from the abuse of heroin annually, according to RIA Novosti.

Russia has been critical of the U.S.-led international coalition in Afghanistan for failing to do enough to stop drug trafficking, particularly in its refusal to destroy opium poppy fields. The production of opium is a significant source of income for the rural population in Afghanistan, in addition to militants of the Taliban.

Drug production grew significantly after an invasion by the United States overthrew the Taliban in 2001. Russia has experienced a dramatic increase in heroin consumption since the invasion.