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article imageRussian surgeon steals heroin from drug mule's stomach

By Lizz Riggs     Aug 13, 2013 in Odd News
Russian police recently arrested a Siberian surgeon who is suspected of stealing heroin he removed from the stomach of a drug smuggler in Krasnoyarsk.
The drug mule, a native of ex-Soviet state of Tajikistan who was already well known to police, became ill on a train from Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, according to a police spokesman.
The train stopped at the nearest station, and police took him to a hospital in Bogotol, where the surgeon would remove the bag of heroin he was transporting. Later, the criminal investigators realized that some of the drugs were missing. Law enforcement agents found five grams of heroin hidden in the surgeon's clothing.
The Russian surgeon, who was high when agents arrested him, now faces up to 15 years in prison for drug possession, as well as theft.
He has yet to be named, but police have released police video footage of the alleged surgeon wearing an Adidas jacket, his face blurred, where he refuses to answer questions. Local news outlets said he is 32, and regional police spokesman Vladimir Yurchenko told the RIA Novosti news agency that he also has previously been convicted of drug possession as well.
The drug mule is currently in a coma and LifeNews reports doctors are fighting to save his life.
Russia has the highest rate of intravenous drug use and one of the fastest growing HIV rates in the world. With a total population of about 143 million, Nearly 8 million Russians use drugs regularly, 1.5 million use heroin, and almost 150,000 people are jailed annually for drug-related crimes, according to the 2013 figures from the Federal Drug Control Service.
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