150 kg of banned slimming pills seized in Russia

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 04, 2013 02:10 hrs

Moscow, April 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Border guards in the south Russian city of Astrakhan have seized a consignment of 150 kg of slimming pills containing a substance banned in Russia.

The Federal Security Service or FSB said four bags with 27 different types of slimming pills were discovered at a border crossing point in a car travelling from Atyrau in Kazakhstan to Astrakhan.

All pills contained sibutramine, a dangerous substance banned in Russia.

The FSB did not specify when the pills were seized.

The pills have been sent for laboratory tests. Based on their results, a decision will be made on whether to open a criminal case, the FSB said.

Smuggling dangerous substances into Russia carries a prison sentence of up to seven years.

--IANS/RIA Novosti


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