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    MOSCOW, July 15 (RIA Novosti) - The Moscow narcotics control board is active in curbing the spread of drugs and mood-changing substances. This year it has initiated criminal proceedings over 72 cases of drug dissemination in recreational centres alone, including 46 cases of drugs sales, reports the board chief Alexey Chuvaev.

    The said period has seen over 268 complex preventive raids in reacreational centres, including 56 raids together with other law-enforcement and control bodies, continues Chuvaev.

    "Moscow accounts for 1,700 entertainment resorts, including 100 ones which are known for drugs sales," said Chuvaev.

    "We have revealed 183 persons under drug influence, of whom 13 were minors. Thirty drug traffickers have been arrested," added Chuvaev.

    The Moscow narcotics control board and the Moscow government are now considering special certificates and emblems that are to be granted to night clubs where no drugs are being spread, said Chuvaev. Clubs denied such certificates will be under constant vigil of law-enforcement bodies, which will be detrimental to their work and reputation. Take, for instance, the "Poppy" operation that has been pursued in the capital since May 20. Over 180 offences have been exposed, 21 rulings on dealing away with the said crimes issued and over 19 kilos of drugs and three kilos of mood-changing drugs confiscated, according to Chuvaev.

    Besides, over 6,000 square metres of wild hemp plantations in Moscow have been eliminated by the board. The latter has withdrawn from illegitimate circulation over 1,085.7 kilos of drugs since the beginning of the year. These include 244.56 kilos of heroin, 12.74 kilos of marijuana, 1.38 tons of 'toluol" substance, 102.1 kilos of ephedrine-containing preparation "solutal" and 71.4 kilos of mercury, said Alexey Chuvaev.

    He reported about 1,513 crimes that have been revealed and 1,337 criminal proceedings started since the beginning of the year as a result of raids and investigation carried out by the narcotics control board.

    "Of the criminal cases under prosecution, 77.9 percent are grave and very grave ones," noted Chuvaev.

    According to Chuvaev, 648 criminal cases are being tried and over 50 percent of the defendants are in custody. Criminal groups with inter-regional links, which included ethnic Gipsies and Tajiks, have been forced to stop their activities.

    Besides, it has been ascertained that large bunches of heroin are flown monthly from Tajikistan to Belorussia, then go by railway to St.Petersburg where the drugs are reloaded to cars to be shipped for marketing in Moscow, says Alexey Chuvaev.

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