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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

6 Arrested in $1M Heroin Bust

The Federal Drug Control Service said Friday that it had arrested six suspected drug traffickers who were bringing drugs into Moscow regularly from a former Soviet republic.

The authorities said they had also seized almost 60 kilograms of heroin, most of it packed in plastic bottles and buried under garlic in the trunk of a car.

The men, including three Russians and three Tajiks, were detained in two separate operations in June and late July, the Moscow department of the Federal Drug Control Service said in a statement.

The group was engaged in delivering sizable batches of drugs at least once every month from an unidentified former Soviet republic, it said.

The first member of the group was arrested in June with more than 2.5 kilograms of heroin, the statement said. His arrest led to the seizure in July of 57 kilograms of heroin, which was found in the trunk of a car.

The heroin had a street value of about $1 million, RIA-Novosti reported.

The drug control service's press office declined to say where the drugs originated.

Much of the drugs that end up in Moscow come from Afghanistan after being smuggled through former Soviet republics on its borders, in most cases Tajikistan.