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A well-established route of contraband of so-called Thai pills has been liquidated at Moscow’s international airport Sheremetyevo
A well-established route of contraband of so-called Thai pills has been liquidated at Moscow’s international airport Sheremetyevo. The deputy chief of the Russian Agency for Control of Illicit Drug Turnover, Mikhail Fonaryov, told reporters on Monday that six people had been detained, four of whom were members of an international criminal group. About 120 kilogrammes of the Thai pills have been seized from them. Two workers of the Sheremeteyvo customs service who aided the smuggling operations have been detected and detained. “They had senior positions,” Fonaryov said. The “wonder pills” came to Sheremetyevo from Istanbul via Bangkok. They were packed in four bags that were placed in a transit area of the airport, from which they were moved to an unclaimed luggage office and substituted. The smuggler group was detained during an attempt to bring contraband from the customs control area, Fonaryov said. Investigators have ascertained that the group knew full well the chemical composition of the pills. The dealers could have made 400,000 dollars on this contraband. According to specialists of the Moscow Institute of Nutrition, two components of the Thai pills are phenfluramine and phentermine, potent psychotropic drugs that are relatives to narcotic appetite suppressant amphetamine. These drugs are banned in Russia and in several European countries, as they have been found dangerous for health. Their regular intake can cause dysfunction of heart valves and mental disorders.
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