14 Sep 2017 18:51

Russian police seize 11 tonnes of drugs in half-year, over 70% of them cannabinoids

MOSCOW. Sept 14 (Interfax) - Cannabis drugs remain the most widespread in Russia, with synthetic substances in second place, Sergei Sotnikov, deputy head of the anti-drug unit at the Interior Ministry, said.

"As part of the total volume of narcotic drugs seized, the share of synthetic drugs is the second largest. At the same time, drugs of the cannabis group remain the most widespread: they account for over 70% of narcotic substances being seized," Sotnikov said at a meeting of the Federation Council for the prevention of drug addiction on Thursday.

In the first six months of 2017 police officers seized 11 tonnes of drugs, he said.