Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee (KNSC) staff dismantled the country’s largest drug lab in Alma-Ata. Security forces seized 55kg of mephedrone, the KNB press office said Friday, August 7.
Two Kazakh citizens have been detained on suspicion of organising drug production. “During searches of the laboratory, housing and vehicles of the detained people, a total of more than 55kg of mephedrone, which is ready for sale and is at the stage of crystallisation of the high quality narcotic substance, were seized – on the black market the cost of the seized lot is about 1.5 billion KZT ($3.5m – Ed.),” law enforcement officials said.
Equipment, chemical reagents, foreign currency and firearms have also been seized. The KNSC added that the suspects first synthesized the illegal substances at home, then bought the house and set up a full-fledged drug lab using the proceeds of illegal activities.
Drugs were sold to representatives of large drug stores operating in the so-called shadow segment of the Internet network DarkNet, payment was received by the suspect in crypt currency.
Detainees are in a detention center, a criminal case is being investigated.