Major busts suggest Russia is becoming a hub for cocaine heading to Europe

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.

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