Omsk police find 61 kg of heroin in a company manager's garage

The police have found 61 kilos of heroin in a garage in Omsk's Oktyabrsky district. The Omsk regional Federal Security Service, or FSB, said the garage belonged to a manager of a company supplying juices from Tajikistan. Heroin was put into tightly closed glass jars. The police had been notified about the batch. Otherwise they would not have discovered it either visually, or with the help of search dogs, or special equipment.

This is the largest batch of drugs law-enforcers have ever seized in the Urals, according to Vladimir Krupkin, deputy chief of the regional FSB. The confiscated heroin costs an estimated $2 million in the black market. The criminals had apparently been looking for a wholesale buyer.

Mr Krupkin suggested that the confiscated heroin was part of a greater batch which was delivered to Omsk in July, 2002. In that month, local FSB officers seized 47 kilograms of the drug. The numbering of the packages did not fit then. The two criminal cases have been unified into one.

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