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A total of 14 kg (31 lbs) of heroin
A total of 14 kg (31 lbs) of heroin have been seized in a joint operation by two regional departments of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in the Urals, an FSB source said on Friday.

The special operation by FSB officers from the Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk regions ended on April 3. Five nationals of the Central Asian republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan were detained.

"A drug supply route from Central Asia to the Urals [Federal] District was cut off during the operation," the FSB department of the Sverdlovsk Region said.

Russia's Urals region is a major transit point for heroin trafficked from Afghanistan. Most of the drugs are sold in Moscow and St. Petersburg and other large Russian cities or shipped on to Europe.

Viktor Ivanov, director of the Federal Drug Control Service, has said Afghan heroin sells in Russia for up to $70,000 per kilogram.

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