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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

4 Anti-Drug Officers Detained

Four drug enforcement officials have been detained on suspicion of illegal wiretapping.

The four, detained Tuesday, include Lieutenant General Alexander Bulbov, head of the Federal Drug Control Service's operations department, and Yury Geval, deputy head of the service's internal affairs department, RIA-Novosti reported Wednesday.

Moscow's Basmanny District Court sanctioned the arrest of Geval on Wednesday on a charge of abuse of office for purportedly listening in on telephone calls illegally, Interfax reported. The court postponed a decision on Bulbov's arrest for 72 hours.

Abuse of office is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Spokespeople for the drug control service, the FSB and the Investigative Committee declined to comment on the case, citing the ongoing investigation.

The detentions -- made by officials from the Federal Security Service and the Investigative Committee of the Prosecutor General's Office -- may be an attempt to settle a score, Vremya Novostei and Moskovsky Komsomolets reported Wednesday. The two newspapers said the drug control service had angered the FSB and prosecutors by helping carry out investigations into the smuggling of furniture from Europe and small goods from China.

The investigations, ordered by President Vladimir Putin, resulted in the dismissal of senior officials in the FSB and the Prosecutor General's Office.