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The cost of narcotics which are circulating in Russia illegally reaches six billion dollars
The cost of narcotics which are circulating in Russia illegally reaches six billion dollars, deputy head of the Russian Interior Ministry department combating organized crime and terrorism Stanislav Orlov told reporters on Friday. Orlov, referring to experts' estimates, noted the continued expansion of the Russian drug market, which he said is swelling with contraband drugs - opium and heroin- from Afghanistan and other Central Asia states, and synthetic drugs from the Baltic states, east European countries, the Netherlands sand Germany. An increasing number of foreigners are involved in drug trafficking. In the first six months of this year, 1,500 foreigners, foremost from Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, faced criminal responsibility for drug crimes," he said. Whereas marijuana and poppy straw accounted for 90 percent of seized narcotics in the 1990s, heroin and synthetic drugs are now clear leaders, Orlov went on to say. Law-enforcement bodies retrieved more than 10.5 tonnes of drugs, psychedelic substances and strong medicines from illegal turnover in the first half of 2005, including 4.8 tonnes of narcotics. According to the Interior Ministry official, police only seize just 3 to 12 percent of all drugs illegally circulating in the country.
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