Russia, U.S. work out operation to counter shipments of Latin American cocaine to Russia

Russian and U.S. special services have started an operation to liquidate a channel of delivering South American cocaine to Russia, Russian Federal Drug Control Agency (FSKN) Director Viktor Ivanov said.

"A joint operation to liquidate a serious channel of South American cocaine to Russia is being carried out," Ivanov said at a meeting of a working group for countering narcotic trafficking of the Russian-U.S. presidential commission.

Russia and U.S. have experience of countering the deliveries of large batches of Latin American cocaine to Russia, he said.

U.S. National Drug Control Police Office director Gil Kerlikowski represent the U.S. side at the anti-narcotic meeting.

According to FSKN, drugs kill over 100,000 people annually.

Up to 8.5 million Russians use drugs regularly or occasionally. Some 18.5 million Russian tried drugs at least once in their lives.

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