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Removal of borders in CU to increase flow of heroin to Russia through Kazakhstan

18 july 2011, 19:24
Heroin. Photo courtesy of vesti.kz
Heroin. Photo courtesy of vesti.kz
Federal Drug Control Service is concerned that flow of heroin to Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus might increase after removal of control at the internal borders of the Customs Union, RIA Novosti reports.

“We suppose that inflow of heroin will increase in Moscow oblast in the nearest time,” Head of Moscow Service vyacheslav Davydov said. The agency's source also added that this might be cause by a surge in drug-trafficking through the Kazakh - Russian border.

According to Davydov, Moscow has the highest level of drugs distribution by foreigners, who comprise 14 percent of all the persons arrested for drug crimes. The majority of drugs in Moscow are distributed by citizens of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

The Customs Union uniting Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan started functioning on January 1, 2010. A new Customs Code came into effect on July 1, 2010 and internal borders were opened a year after.

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