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Sheriff: Krokodil in Athens County Possibly Came From Columbus

K-9 Esko and Deputy John Morris, Athens County Sheriff Department. Photo and Video by Olivia Wallace


ATHENS, Ohio – Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly is offering unusual advice to drug addicts after he says there’s a confirmed case of the drug Krokodil in his county.

Krokodil is a drug originally from Russia that turns a user’s skin into scaly, scabbed-over flesh and can lead to death.

Krokodil is difficult to test for but Kelley said, after what was found Thursday, he’s confident it’s here.

“The deputy said the injection point right in the vein, at that [...]

Moscow Police Seize $60M of Heroin in 10 Days – Drug Czar

Russian soldier burning heroin

Russian soldier burning heroin


MOSCOW, July 11 (RIA Novosti) – Police in Russia’s capital have seized more than 150 kilograms of heroin, worth an estimated $60 million, in the past 10 days, Russia’s drug czar said Thursday.

That amount of heroin, believed to have come from No. 1 opiate producer Afghanistan, is enough for 6.5 million individual hits, according to the Federal Drug Control Service. For comparison, Moscow’s total population is estimated at 12 million.

Almost a quarter of the heroin produced in war-torn Afghanistan passes through Central Asia, and 75 percent of that is “destined for the [...]

Bolivia to buy Russia’s copters to fight drug trafficking

MI-17 helicopters

MI-17 helicopters


Bolivia plans to buy Russia’s two Mi-17 helicopters to fight drug trafficking, Bolivian Defence Minister Ruben Saavedra said on Sunday.

Within the upcoming 30 days Russia’s governmental commission will visit Bolivia to discuss issues related to the purchase of helicopters, he said.

Bolivia especially needs helicopters after the United States announced it shut down the Bolivia Anti-Drug Office, Saavedra said.

Bolivia together with Colombia and Peru is on the list of the world’s largest cocaine producers. At the same time coca growing within the set limits is not considered a crime, as coca leaves are [...]

FBI shoots Chechen dead in Florida, man questioned over links to Boston bombers

Ibragim Todashev

Ibragim Todashev


A Chechen man was shot dead at his home in Orlando, Florida when an interview with law enforcers regarding his ties to the Boston marathon bombing suspects and his role in a related 2011 triple murder in Massachusetts reportedly turned violent.

The shooting transpired just after midnight in an Orlando apartment complex while law enforcers, including an FBI special agent and two Massachusetts State Police troopers, were interviewing Ibragim Todashev, 27.

Todashev was killed while allegedly brandishing a knife, USA Today cites a law enforcement source as saying on condition of anonymity.

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson [...]

Russia: 80 Kg of Heroin Seized in Tajik Train

Border guards inspect a train en route to Moscow


MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti) – A total of 80 kg (over 176 lbs) of heroin were discovered on a train en route from the Tajik capital of Dushanbe to Moscow on Wednesday, the Russian Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

The ministry said that law-enforcers found a cache with plastic bottles “containing a dark gray substance, presumably heroin, weighting 80 kg in total.” The amount is equal to 800 000 average single doses, according to the Russian legislation.

Two train conductors, both of them Tajik nationals, were detained.

The train, popular among migrant workers, drew fierce criticism from various top [...]

Drug War Do-Over: Can the U.S. Push Trafficking Out of Central America?

Nicaraguan navy special forces "capture" drug traffickers


By Tim Rogers / Time

The headlines in Nicaragua these days have a familiar echo. In what feels like a 30-year high school reunion, the reanimated socialist Sandinista Front, led by president Daniel Ortega, is rekindling its old revolutionary romance with Russia, which has promised its former tovarishch millions of dollars in weapons, uniforms, helicopters, armored vehicles and training.

But this time, the Russian arms will be targeted at drug traffickers, not political insurgents. And the U.S., which spent billions of dollars to stop the expansion of Soviet influence in Central America in the 1980s, is welcoming its [...]

Russia and Nicaragua neutralize a large Mexican Zeta drug cartel operation

Victor Ivanov


Russia and Nicaragua have neutralized a large drug cartel, Russian Federal Drug Control Service chief Viktor Ivanov said on Monday.

During his meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow earlier today, Ivanov said that the cartel was part of the Los Zetas criminal network based in Mexico.

According to Ivanov, cartel boss Martin Flores was collaborating with several European counterparts on cocaine supplies to EU countries and Russia.

The Voice of Russia


(more from the same meeting)

Drug Expansion Successfully Stopped, Ivanov Says

Russia has succeeded in cracking down on drug expansion in the country, the head [...]

$200 million worth of Afghan heroin seized in drug bust near Moscow

confiscated heroin


Nearly 200 kg of Afghan heroine has been seized during a raid in Moscow region. The drug was hidden amid radishes and dyed green to be less noticeable.

Viktor Ivanov, the head of the Federal drug control service (FDCS) said “187 kg of high concentrated heroin was seized. This product was produced in Afghanistan and taken to Russia for distribution and sales”

The bust prevented the distribution of drugs with an estimated street value of between 180 to 200 million dollars, Ivanov added.

The drugs made it all the way from Afghanistan through Central Asian countries in bags [...]

Meteorite crash in Russia: explosions in Chelyabinsk (videos) update – 500 injured

meteor 1

Unofficial reports mention there are victims.


A series of explosions in the skies of Russia’s Urals region, reportedly caused by a meteor shower, has sparked panic in three major cities. Witnesses said that houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cellphones stopped working.


Atmospheric phenomena have been registered in the cities of Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg and Tyumen.

In Chelyabinsk, witnesses said the explosion was so loud that it resembled an earthquake and thunder at the same time, and that there were huge trails of smoke across the sky. Others reported seeing burning objects fall to earth.

Office buildings [...]

Cold Drug War

Russian addiction

Central Asia: Cold-War Attitudes Hindering Drug War


Narcotics use is wreaking havoc in Russia, responsible for 30,000 annual deaths and 200 new HIV infections every day. But Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin is letting knee-jerk hostility toward the United States cloud its response to the drug-trafficking crisis. Not only is Russia reluctant to go along with a Washington-designed anti-trafficking blueprint, Moscow is believed to be leaning on Central Asian states not to cooperate either.

Back in July 2011, Washington unveiled its so-called Central Asia Counter-narcotics Initiative (CACI) to battle drug traffickers throughout the region and reduce the volume of drugs [...]