Another major cocaine seizure on Russian territory suggests that the country may be becoming a transit point for cocaine to European markets amid intensified inspection efforts on the continent’s largest ports.
Russian authorities seized 699 kilograms of cocaine in Moscow on April 10, according to a statement from the Federal Security Service (FSB), the country’s intelligence agency. The drug was destined primarily for the European market, the FSB reported. Two Colombians and a European citizen were arrested.
This seizure followed another at the end of March when police in St. Petersburg discovered 200 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a truck carrying fruit.
Other large seizures have been previously reported in the country, including 400 kilograms of cocaine discovered on a cargo ship that arrived at St. Petersburg’s port from Ecuador in 2019.