Volga Customs Administration

Samara customs officers have opened a criminal case against a “pawnbroker” from Orenburg

Published: May 27, 2024 10:17

Samara customs officers have opened a criminal case over the fact of sending a potent substance in an international mail parcel. The contents of the parcel contained more than ten thousand doses of pregabalin

As a result of a set of operational and investigative measures, it was established that the parcel arrived to the address of a resident of Orenburg from China. Inside was more than 24 kilograms of white powdery substance

According to the expert report, the seized material contains pregabalin, included in the “List of potent and poisonous substances for the purposes of Article 234 and other purposes of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation” approved by the Government of the Russian Federation on December 29, 2007, N 964.

“During the interview with a man who was interviewed by the police, a man was found to be in possession of pregabalin, which is included in the List of potent and poisonous substances for the purposes of Article 234 and other purposes of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation

“During the interview, the man explained that he ordered the goods from China through his handler. After receiving the parcel in one of the local points of delivery of orders, he was to distribute its contents by means of cache-layers on the territory of the Orenburg region”, – said the deputy head of customs – head of the service for the Orenburg region Andrey Burganov.

Criminal case

The criminal case initiated under paragraph “c” of part 2 of article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation against a group of persons was transferred to the Orenburg Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia on transport for further investigation. The goods were seized.

Information:

The illegal movement across the state border of the Russian Federation (the customs border of the EAEU) of potent substances (including in the form of medicines and biologically active supplements) can be qualified as a crime under Article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“smuggling of potent substances”). This article provides for a penalty of up to 12 years’ imprisonment 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