A deputy commander of Tajikistan's border guard troops has been detained on suspicion of drug trafficking and accepting bribes, the director for the Tajik agency for financial control said on Tuesday.
Col. Saymuddin Mirzoyev, 39, was detained in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, after being caught red-handed accepting a $15,000 bribe, the official told journalists.
Mirzoyev is being questioned in connection with a drug trafficking probe, the official said. Investigators also found that he had earlier received another $30,000 bribe, he added.
The Central Asian state of Tajikistan is a major gateway to Russia, other post-Soviet states and Europe for drugs from Afghanistan, which is the world's leader in heroin production.
MOSCOW, April 27 (RIA Novosti)