MOSCOW, March 22 (RIA Novosti) - Police have seized
1.5 kilograms of heroin from a Tajik national in the town of
Lyubertsy southeast of Moscow, a Moscow Region police spokesman
said on Sunday.
The narcotics were discovered in a hiding place in an
apartment rented by an unemployed Tajik national, the spokesman
Most of the heroin and hashish coming into Russia
originates in Afghanistan and is then trafficked into the
country through the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan and
Uzbekistan. Most of the drugs are then sold in Russia's largest
cities, or shipped onto Europe.
The Federal Drugs Control Service said earlier that
Russian drug control officers have seized some 500 kg (1,100
lbs) of heroin since the beginning of the year, up 70%