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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Baikonur Drugs Bust

MOSCOW -- Russian and Kazakh police have arrested a drug gang based in Baikonur, where Russia's main space launch site is based, a joint police statement said Thursday.

The operation involved Russian and Kazakh security services and anti-drug squads as well as Baikonur Cosmodrome security personnel and the local military prosecutor's office, it said.

"The operation ... liquidated an international organized criminal group of drug dealers," the statement added.

Ten people were arrested in Moscow and seven in Baikonur, and 200 kilograms of drugs, as well as arms and large sums of cash, were confiscated.