Cocaine Trade Scheme Uncovered By Russia Following A US Tip

July 27th, 2010 - 7:26 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

July 27, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Russia’s drug control officer revealed on Monday that both US and Russia got together in order to implicate a 30 year old impresario from Moscow. A cocaine trade scheme connected with him was unearthed by both the nations. The offender had been interested in setting up a business at the high profile nightclubs of the city.

The Russian law enforcement authorities acted after receiving this piece of information from the US who tipped them about a Russian looking to buy cocaine at whole sale rates. Viktor Ivanov, the chief of the anti narcotics division told the reporters.

This incident follows closely on the heels of a Russian pilot being arrested on charges of smuggling cocaine obtained from South America into the US. He was detained in Liberia and extradited to New York. Moscow had condemned US for this action.

Russia has now woken up to the facts and arrested the accused with three of his accomplices. They had allegedly received 10 kg of cocaine transported by ship to St. Petersburg.

Viktor Ivanov, however, refused to divulge the name of the culprit saying that it would hamper investigations. He stated that the accused was well known for organizing concerts and foreign music tours and had been looking to set up a profitable drug business which would cater to the high profile clients in Moscow.

The man had originally planned to import about a 100kgs of cocaine via St. Petersburg and provide it to his clients at the various nightclubs of the city. His accomplices included a police man from Moscow as well. The officials of Moscow took six months to catch the man red handed along with his shipment of cocaine.

The US Ambassador to Russia, John Beyrle, praised the operation and hailed the spirit of cooperation between both the countries who have shown a willingness to wage war against drugs.

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