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    Over 65 kg of drugs seized in Russia in week

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    MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - Russian drug police last week seized over 65 kg (143 lbs) of drugs, including almost 40 kg (88 lbs) of heroin, the press department of the Federal Drug Control Service said on Tuesday.

    "Drug control departments have made 11 large hauls of drugs from April 27 to May 3," the press department said in a statement. "Seven of these seizures included heroin of Afghani origin with a total weight of 39.5 kg, or the equivalent of 2.7 million single doses."

    The major heroin seizures were made in southwest Siberia's Altai Territory, West Siberia's Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous Area and the Kurgan Region in the southern Urals.

    Over 95% of heroin sold in Russia is produced in Afghanistan, the world's largest producer.

    A total of 25.6 kg (56.4 lbs) of marijuana was seized in Russia in the reported period.

    On Tuesday drug police made a major drug haul in the Urals. Over 5.1 kg (11.2 lbs) of heroin and over 7.6 kg (16.8 lbs) of hashish was discovered in a GAZelle minibus in the city of Perm.

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