Moscow police have seized more than 436 kg of heroin, the largest ever seizure in Russia, Moscow's anti-narcotics service said at a press conference Friday.
The drug, worth over 9 billion rubles (about 348 million U.S. dollars), was hidden in fuel tanks of a truck carrying cabbage, Lieutenant-General Viktor Khvorostyan, chief of the Department of the Federal Drug Control Service for Moscow Police, was quoted by Itar-Tass news agency as saying.
So far, four foreign citizens have been arrested in connection with the seizure, the officer said.
He said the heroin, along with some 3 kg of hashish, had been transported to Moscow and St Petersburg from Tajikistan. The quantity of heroin amounted to the equivalent of 61 million individual doses.
"The criminal group, which organized the delivery of the heroin, was spotted more than a year ago," Khvorostyan said.
According to police, this particular criminal group was engaged in smuggling heroin to Moscow, St Petersburg and West European countries.