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Two Russians booked for growing marijuana in Goa

Cannabis worth Rs 10 lakh was seized by Goa police from the Russians.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2018 21:50 IST
Gerard de Souza
Gerard de Souza
Panaji, Hindustan Times
The police have seized around 30 kg of the banned substance (cannabis) worth Rs 10 lakh. (AP file photo)

The Goa Police busted a marijuana (cannabis) cultivation racket being run in the backyard of a house by two Russian nationals along a coastal village of Goa.

Contraband worth Rs 10 lakh was seized by police.

Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch) Karthik Kashyap told reporters that the two Russians -- Maxim Moskichev and Artem Seregin -- were cultivating marijuana, a banned recreational drug -- at a rented premise in Goa’s Siolim village in “laboratory conditions”.

“Crime branch officials have booked the two Russian nationals in two different cases under various sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act,” Kashyap said.

The police have seized around 30 kg of the banned substance.

Goa’s Siolim village lies in close proximity to the tourism hubs of Anjuna and Vagator as well as Morjim and Mandrem, which see high Russian tourist footfall.

First Published: Jul 21, 2018 21:49 IST