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.
UK investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators behind the Novichok nerve agent attack on the Skripals through CCTV and have cross-checked the footage with records of people who entered the country around that time.