Officers of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service's (FSKN) branch for the Tomsk region have detained a local resident accused of arranging shipments of synthetic drugs from China to European Union countries, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, director of the FSKN regional branch Igor Tolstonosov has said.
"The activities of the transnational cartel, which dispatched more than 10,000 shipments worth over $4 million, were dismantled during the 'Mozaika' special purpose operation, which was conducted jointly with the Spanish and Chinese police. It was established that the administrator of two online shops which handled these orders was in Tomsk," Tolstonosov told reporters on July 21.
More than 30 prohibited substances were offered by these websites, which, however, did not sell drugs in Russia and other CIS countries, he said.
"The detained 25-year-old resident of Tomsk conspired with a citizen of the People's Republic of China and they jointly set up a network to sell synthetic narcotic substances. At the same time, this man did not come in contact with the shipped drugs and the clients," he said.
In addition to the drug trafficking business, the detained man, acting together with another two people, organized the production of marijuana at two laboratories.
"As a result of the operation, a criminal case was opened on a count of possession and distribution of drugs. A case on a count of cultivation of drug-containing plants may be launched soon as well," Tolstonosov said.
A search is currently under way for the Chinese citizen involved in this criminal business, and his acquaintances are being checked as well, he said.
On July 14, FSKN chief Viktor Ivanov announced the elimination of a cross-border gang that has set up a worldwide ring selling synthetic drugs from South-East Asia.
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