Almost half a tonne of drugs have been found in a lorry near Moscow although the true extent of the find was not immediately apparent. '220 kilogrammes of heroine have been found in a lorry near Moscow, the largest ever find since the founding of the Interior Ministry,' Russian Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov told journalists yesterday, adding that this volume of heroine would be enough to provide over a million doses.
However, a further 200 kilogrammes of heroine were later found in a different compartment of the lorry, bringing the total find to almost half a tonne. Two pistols with silencers were also found. As a Rosbalt correspondent was informed, the lorry was travelling from Kirgizia to Moscow on the night of July 29 but was stopped by FSB officers who then carried out a thorough search which lasted several hours. Mr Gryzlov explained that it was 'part of an operation to raise the level of security on the main roads to Moscow.' The first store of heroine was found immediately but after some time another store of heroine was found hidden under the bottom the lorry. This second find brought the total volume of heroine to 420 kilogrammes.