MIA and FSB eliminate international drug cartel

MIA and FSB eliminate international drug cartel

It is estimated that the cartel used to produce about half a ton of synthetic drugs a week.

The Main Directorate for Drugs Control of the MIA and FSB eliminated the KhimProm drug cartel. The police estimated the cartel produced about half a ton of synthetic drugs a week, according to MIA official spokesperson Irina Volk.

She specified that the cartel’s annual revenue amounted to more than 2 billion rubles. “The raid was launched in 10 Russian regions; 67 cartel members were arrested. 47 out of the 67 turned out to be Ukrainian citizens. More than 4 tons of synthetic drugs were confiscated,” Volk said.

Aside from drug production, the cartel recruited people from Ukraine and opened a KhimProm online shop containing information on drug types sold, pricing, and purchase methods.

The perpetrators used Ukrainian media outlets to place ads about ‘high-paying jobs’ seeking for couriers or forwarding agents. They specifically indicated future ‘employees’ were to work in the Russian Federation. Their recruiting office was in Kiev.⁠

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