A close associate of the infamous mob boss Ded Khasan has been detained in Crimea on suspicion of drug dealing.
Forty-year-old Chechen native Gilani Sedoi, real name Gilani Aliyev, was searched, found to be carrying drugs and arrested, according to a statement published on the Crimean police website.
Police took Aliyev into custody on Wednesday afternoon, the statement said.
Aliyev had previously served prison time on drug charges, Gazeta.ru reported Thursday. He was believed to be close to veteran mob boss Ded Khasan, or Aslan Usoyan, before the latter was gunned down in central Moscow in 2013. Usoyan had reportedly "initiated" Aliyev into the criminal underworld.