Central Customs Administration

Officers of Bryansk customs together with the Main Department for Combating Smuggling of the Federal Customs Service of Russia, the Central Operational and Ural Operational Customs Offices liquidated a drug supply channel from Europe

A suspicious parcel from Germany was discovered in Bryansk by Central Postal Customs officers. The package contained a kilogram of cannabidiol isolate, a substance found in teas, confectionery, dietary supplements and cosmetics. The powder was sent for examination, which determined that it was the narcotic drug tetrahydrocannabinol, the circulation of which is prohibited in Russia

Operatives identified and detained the recipient of the drug parcel in Yekaterinburg, who turned out to be a 19-year-old resident of the Sverdlovsk region. During the search the man was seized another 90 grams of drugs, packaged in bags for further distribution

The second defendant in the criminal case, who organized a channel of supply of illegal substances from abroad, was detained in St. Petersburg during operational and investigative measures. -sergey Shulgin, deputy head of Bryansk customs, said: “Having entered into a criminal conspiracy with his fellow countryman, a 22-year-old man ordered and paid for a drug parcel. Two episodes of criminal activity of the detainees have been established

Two criminal cases have been opened under paragraph “b” of part 4 of article 229.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation for the illegal transportation across the customs border of the EAEU  of narcotic drugs in a particularly large amount, committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy, a preliminary investigation is underway

The defendants have been remanded in custody and face punishment up to life imprisonment

Ekaterina Masterenko,

Secretary General of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

Bryansk customs spokeswoman

scv-brn-presmail@ctu.customs.gov.ru

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