Six members of the transnational organized criminal group engaged in drug smuggling have been arrested in Dushanbe.

The Dushanbe Police Department says about 500 kilograms of narcotic drugs worth a total of six million U.S. dollars have been confiscated from them.

Besides, six expensive cars as well as several houses, apartments and cottages in a total amount of more than 50 million somonis have been confiscated, the Dushanbe Police Department press center reported on October 13.  

Criminal proceedings against the detained drug smugglers have reportedly been instituted under the provisions of three articles of Tajikistan’s Penal Code: Article 200 – large-scale drug smuggling; Article 262 – money laundering and legalization of income from crime; and Article 289 – smuggling.  An investigation is under way.