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    LAW ENFORCERS SHUT DOWN ILLEGAL METHADON LAB

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    MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - A large lab, which produced methadon illegally, has been shut down in Moscow.

    The relevant operation was held on April 21, reports Russia's Federal Service for Control over Illicit Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.

    Law enforcers had traced down a group of Moscow residents, who took and sold methadin pills, the synthetic drug, which is stronger than heroin. The service in cooperation with traffic police arrested a 31-year-old Georgian national on April 14 who had 4.6 g of methadin in his car.

    Then investigators searched a private house near Moscow and discovered and seized equipment and chemical agents for methodin production. The lab was found in the cellar and inside the house and was outfitted with a sophisticated alarm system.

    Law enforcers seized 502 g of methadin intermediate fraction, which resembles sugar. The available quantity of chemical agents was enough to make over 10 kg of methadin (some 100,000 doses).

    The lab belonged to the owner of the house, who was arrested.

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