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    Police in south Russia's Rostov Region, south Russia, have found 9 kilograms (19 lbs) of heroin hidden in a minivan carrying fruit, a local drug police spokesperson said on Tuesday.

    ROSTOV-ON-DON, August 4 (RIA Novosti) - Police in south Russia's Rostov Region, south Russia, have found 9 kilograms (19 lbs) of heroin hidden in a minivan carrying fruit, a local drug police spokesperson said on Tuesday.

    The drugs were discovered hidden in packets inside an empty gas cylinder during a search of a GAZelle minivan. Police arrested two drug couriers, both Azerbaijani nationals, the spokesperson said.

    "The drug couriers turned out to be a 51-year-old and 39-year-old from Azerbaijan," police said.

    The drugs believed to have originated from Afghanistan had been packed into 30 blocks and are thought to be worth around 10 million rubles ($321,000).

    A criminal case has been launched against the two men, who face up to 20 years imprisonment if found guilty of drug trafficking.

     

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