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Four Russians arrested with drugs worth ₹7 lakh in Goa

Racket busted: Goa Police personnel with the four Russian men arrested at Pernem on Saturday. Special Arrangement

Racket busted: Goa Police personnel with the four Russian men arrested at Pernem on Saturday. Special Arrangement   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Admit to stealing ₹9 lakh by breaking open ATMs in State

The Goa Police have arrested four Russian nationals and seized drugs worth ₹7 lakh from them. The police said that the accused, during interrogation, admitted to using explosives to break open ATMs at the Bank of India branch at Madhlawada in Arambol and stealing ₹9,06,100 in cash.

A spokesperson for the Goa Police said that based on specific information, they raided the rented apartment of Ilia Alexandrovich Shtennikov (30) and found him illegally cultivating cannabis plants. Cannabis weighing 608 gm worth ₹65,000 was seized from him and a case was registered against him at Pernem police station in North Goa under Section 20(a)(i) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.

During interrogation, Mr. Shtennikov told the police that foreigners staying in a house at Danoswada in Mandrem also dealt in narcotics. When the police identified the house and conducted a search, they found three Russians — Radik Vafin (35), Evgeni Zakharin (38) and Igor Markov — and recovered drugs from their possession.

The police said 14 gm of ecstasy tablets, 4.64 gm of MDMA and 1.037 kg of ganja worth ₹2,09,000 were seized from Mr. Vafin; 13 grams of ecstasy tablets, 1.24 gm of cocaine and 1.206 kg of ganja worth ₹2,38,000 were seized from Mr. Zakharin; and 12 gm of ecstasy tablets and 1.245 kg of ganja worth ₹2,32,000 were seized from Mr. Markov. All three accused were arrested.

Vehicles recovered

The police said Mr. Vafin allegedly disclosed during interrogation that he and the other accused committed a number of thefts by using gas cutters and explosive substances to break open ATMs. He also led the police to Mandrem, where they recovered a car and a two-wheeler used by the accused to commit the ATM thefts. The police said further investigation is under way.

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