Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) officers have shut down a route used to smuggle heroin from Tajikistan into Russia.
"FSKN officers detained three citizens of Tajikistan in different parts of Perm and the city of Krasnokamsk early on August 7. A heroin haul sufficient to make ten kilograms of the narcotic substance was confiscated from one of the foreigners," a spokesman for the service's Perm Territory branch told Interfax on Friday.
The three men, who were detained following a six-month-long investigation, are suspected of selling drugs both in the Perm Territory and neighboring regions, he said.
One of them was detained at a bus stop in Krasnokamsk, from where he planned to deliver drugs to Izhevsk, the spokesman said.
Another suspect was arrested in an apartment building on the city's Chernyakhovsky Street. The police recorded a video that shows him trying to throw drugs out of the apartment's window.
Concentrated heroin sufficient to make ten kilograms of the drug was confiscated from him.
The third Tajik citizen, who set up this criminal group, was detained in Perm. He was earlier sentenced by a Russian court for drug-related crimes and deported to Tajikistan, where he obtained a fake passport and returned to Russia.
The three men have already been placed in a remand center.
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