US and Russia uncover innovative cocaine trade scheme

July 27th, 2010 - 9:08 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Moscow, July 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Russia’s top drug law enforcement officers have announced that they have uncovered a high profile cocaine trade scheme in Moscow. They announced that they uncovered the scheme with the help of United States officials.

United States authorities called their Russian counterparts and alerted them that the suspect was seeking to import large quantities of cocaine from the United States into Russia.

The man and three of his accomplices were arrested after they allegedly received 10 kg of cocaine in St. Petersburg. They were arrested on Thursday and the arrest comes less than a week after another Russian was arrested in Liberia and extradited to the United States. The arrest of the Russian who is a pilot in Liberia and subsequent extradition to the United States have drawn widespread condemnation from the Russian authorities.

The man who was not named by the authorities is alleged to have intended to import 100 kilograms of cocaine on regular basis through St. Petersburg for onward sale to Moscow’s expensive nightclubs.

It ought to be mentioned that Russia is under siege from the drug smugglers. The cocaine imports into Russia have increased by 25 percent per year for the last three years.

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