- Drug Kingpin Arrested in UAE
- Drug-Smuggling Colombian Cleric Arrested in Moscow
- Drug kingpin arrested in Mexico
- Tajik, Afghan Police Bust International Drug Ring
- Heroin Dealer Caught in FSB Drugs Bust
MOSCOW, February 22 (RIA Novosti) - South Africa’s authorities have extradited Russian drug lord Alexander Bely to Russia, the Interior Ministry reported Thursday.
According to the Russian ministry, in 2003-2005 Bely was involved, together with his compatriot Andrei Bykov and his relatives, in the smuggling of some 224 kilograms of ephedrine to Russia. Bely bought ephedrine, banned in Russia, in South Africa and transferred it in packages under the guise of bath salt to St. Petersburg.
“Most part of the money received as a result of illegal activity was legalized through bank transfers to Bely in South Africa, as well as through acquisition of movable and immovable assets in Russia,” the ministry said in a statement.
In 2008, three accomplices of Bykov and Bely were found guilty and sentenced to prison terms. Andrei and his wife were extradited in 2009 and got 14 and 18 years in prison respectively.
Bely was detained in South Africa in 2006 after being put on an international wanted list, but the South African authorities failed to extradite him up until now citing various reasons.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Amidst Amish Past, Russia’s Lokomotiv Sees Hockey Future
Infographics: Powerful Ship-Borne Laser System
Cartoons: Polar Explorer Day
The current contract portfolio of Russian arms exporters is worth about $46 billion. Annual exports total $15 billion, and this will ensure uninterrupted deliveries for the next three years, even in the worst-case scenario. The list of the main buyers of Russian weapons is unlikely to change drastically.