A vast cocaine trafficking ring from South America to Russia has been dismantled in the region of Krasnodar (in southern Russia), the press service of the local branch of the Russian security services (FSB) indicated.
In a joint operation by the FSB and the Russian Interior Ministry, Russian and Israeli citizens resident in Ecuador were detained with thirty kilos of cocaine originating in South America, this source indicated, according to Russian news agencies. The number of individuals detained was not specified.
The drugs were transported to Russia and entered through the port of Novorosisk, on the Black Sea.
Drug trafficking and drug use increased in Russia after the fall of the Soviet regime in 1991. The country became one of the chief trafficking routes for drugs originating in Afghanistan and destined for Western Europe.