Russian citizens arrested in South Korea on suspicion of medicine trafficking
MOSCOW, March 30 (RAPSI) - The consulate-general in Busan confirmed that three Russian nationals had been arrested in South Korea on suspicion of trafficking medicines from North Korea, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.
Earlier, South Korean media reported citing Busan’s police that 205 packages of 6 types of medicinal products for a total amount of about KRW 9 million ($8.000) had been seized from Russians. Medicines and biologically active supplements produced by Pugang Pharmaceutic Co have been reportedly bought in North Korea and later sent from Russia to South Korea by airmail.
According to the South Korean law, import of medicines and other goods from North Korea is permitted only with the express agreement of the South Korean Ministry of Unification.
Russia’s consulate is providing the arrested individuals needed assistance. Russian citizens are suspected of trafficking and illegal distribution of medicines as well as violation of a ban on import of North Korean goods.
The date of a court hearing has not been scheduled yet.