Narcotic revenues absorbed by the banking system14/11/2013 16:52
Source: Vestnik Kavkaza
Yesterday the director of the Federal Service for Drug Control, Viktor Ivanov, spoke about successful international strategic operations in Central America and Afghanistan and stated that “the cocaine outlet market in the EU quadrupled in five years; in the Russian direction we and our colleagues intercepted sixfold volumes of cocaine in comparison with the last year. We see a warning trend how Mexican, Central American drug cartels – from Columbia, Peru, and Bolivia – begin to transfer drugs to Russia and Europe.”
In Afghanistan international forces destroyed two labs and prepared stores of produced drugs: it included 4 tons of morphine, 700 kg of dry opium, and 12 Cwt of selective seeds of opium poppy, which were prepared for sowing. “These seeds would enough to grow almost 7,000 tons of opium; but we managed to prevent the serious strike on the RF because the labs which are situated in the north of Afghanistan are focused on the Russian direction exclusively,” Ivanov stated.
According to him, since 2010 up to date 24 labs were destroyed; it enabled to prevent trafficking of 28 tons of heroin to Russia. It is tenfold bigger than the volume which is usually intercepted by all law-enforcement agencies in a year.