Over 10 kg of heroin seized from 3 Tajiks in Russia's Urals
YEKATERINBURG, October 15 (RIA Novosti) - Drug enforcement officers in the Sverdlovsk Region in the Urals have detained three Tajik nationals and seized 13 kg (29 pounds) of heroin, the Federal Drug Control Service said Thursday.
The service said the arrests took place Tuesday, when a suspect who was under surveillance arrived in Chelyabinsk to buy a large batch of heroin.
He was detained by drug enforcement officers, who found 20 bundles of heroin with a total weight of 9.3 kg (21 pounds) hidden in the trunk of his car, as well as 40,000 rubles ($1,360).
Officers then established who had sold the heroin, and moved to arrest a Tajik father and son who rented an apartment in the city. They found 3.7 kg (8 pounds) of heroin in the young man's car, while the older man tried to escape with a bag containing 2.2 million rubles ($75,000) by jumping out the window of the sixth-floor apartment.
The man is under guard in the intensive care unit of a local hospital.
An investigation is underway. If found guilty, the men face up to 20 years in prison.