The interior Ministry said the increase in seizures of synthetic drugs

© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova in fotoreceptori police. Archival photoThe interior Ministry said the increase in seizures of synthetic drugs© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova the image Bank

Law enforcement officers seized in Russia in first half of 2017, twice the synthetic drugs, compared with the same period last year, said the head of Department Vladimir Kolokoltsev.

«On the territory of the Russian Federation in the first half of the year seized twice the synthetic drugs, compared to the same period last year. One recent example was the detention of members of an organized criminal group which was engaged in realization of wholesale consignments of narcotic drugs in 15 regions of the Russian Federation», — said Kolokoltsev on Friday, speaking at a meeting of the State anti-drug Committee (GAK).

The Minister noted that the volume of seized substances could become raw materials for more than 10 million doses of «designer» drugs worth 400 million rubles, «prices on the black market.»

Kolokoltsev added that was also blocked by a large distribution network in the Stavropol Krai and the Chuvash Republic.

According to him, the competent authorities of the member States of the organization of collective security Treaty (CSTO) has repeatedly noted that the growth of the production and distribution of synthetic drugs has a negative impact on the drug situation, the last under the aegis of the CSTO exercises were also aimed at practicing interaction during large-scale transnational operations on overlapping of channels of drug trafficking.

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