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Drug-Control Service Seizes Huge Heroin Shipment

A top drug-control official said Tuesday that his agency had helped confiscate 250 kilograms of Afghan heroin.

Viktor Ivanov, head of the Federal Drug Control Service, said that law enforcement officials had confiscated "almost 100 kilograms of high-grade Afghan heroin" in the Kemerovo region and helped Kazakh authorities intercept another 150 kilograms of the drug on Kazakh soil, RIA-Novosti reported.

Russian police arrested the Central Asian drug trafficker who organized the shipments, Ivanov said.

Two hundred and fifty kilograms of heroin equates to roughly 4.3 million doses. Its retail value could stretch to 300 million rubles ($9.7 million), the report said.

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