MOSCOW, August 29 (RAPSI, Yelizaveta Ponomareva) – Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Belarus could apprehend an international gang of drug dealers and seized banned substances worth 80 million rubles (about $1.3 million at the current exchange rate), the FSB press service informs on its official web-site.

According to the statement, a man law enforcers say they knew was a drug dealer was behind the trafficking. The alleged organizer of the scheme rented a house near Moscow, where he established a facility to manufacture banned substance methadone to be sold in the black market.

The man and his two alleged accomplices were arrested as a result of a raid carried out by a special international team of Russian and Belorussian law enforcers, who could seize 27 kilograms of methadone and 200 kilograms of precursors. The alleged offenders were detained in a criminal case opened by the FSB Investigation Department.