China, Israel and New Zealand send different types of drugs to Novosibirsk — Customs
Novosibirsk Customs have opened three criminal cases in just one week after discovering smoking blends and other narcotics in international post from China, Israel, and New Zealand. In contrast, only nine similar cases were filed throughout 2012, according to a statement from the Siberian Customs Department that Sib.fm’s correspondent examined on 15 April.
According to customs, 54.5 grams of substances banned in Russia were found this week in international mail. The powders and tablets aroused suspicion amongst customs officers and were sent for examination.
It emerged that 9 grams of smoking blend similar to JWH-018 (a synthetic analogue of cannabis) were in the parcel from China, 39.4 grams of potent drugs clonazepam, tramadol and zolpidem from Israel, and six grams of phenethylamine — a precursor to stimulants and psychedelics — from New Zealand, a spokesperson told Sib.fm’s correspondent.
Two criminal cases have been initiated under Article 229.1 of the Russian Criminal Code (drug trafficking), and one under Article 226.1 (trafficking potent substances), the statement goes on to say.
The department noted that Novosibirsk Customs filed a total of nine similar criminal cases in 2012. There have already been six in the first three months of 2013. In total, 374 grams were seized from the parcels that contained banned substances.