Volga Customs Administration

Operative officers of Samara customs revealed in an international mail parcel from Peru bark of a tropical plant containing the narcotic drug ibogaine.

A resident of the Samara region was detained by customs officers when he received the parcel. When the package was opened, several different packages with substances of plant origin were found

An expert examination showed that the package with crushed plant bark contained the narcotic drug ibogaine, prohibited for importation into the territory of the Russian Federation. The weight of the seized goods amounted to 202.7 grams

According to the detainee, since his youth he has been interested in alternative medicine, and he wanted to use the banned substance for personal use to make drops for the prevention of eye diseases

It is known that “magic” drops are used in shamanic practices to expand spiritual and energetic awareness, as well as to heal various ailments

Samara Customs initiated a criminal case on the grounds of a crime under Part 3 of Article 229.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation  – smuggling of narcotic drugs, in a large amount. 


The illegal transfer across the state border of the Russian Federation (customs border of the EAEU) of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, their precursors (including in the form of medicines and biologically active supplements) may be qualified as a crime under Article 229.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“smuggling of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, their precursors”). This article provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment for up to twenty years with a fine of up to 1 million rubles or in the amount of the convicted person’s income for a period of up to 5 years

 Darya Loseva,
press-secretary of Samara Customs