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Odesa law enforcers have nabbed a criminal group involved in drug trafficking.

The perpetrators had been smuggling heroin from the Russian Federation to Odesa via an international road transport checkpoint in Ukraine's Kharkiv region, the press service of Odesa-based prosecutor's office told UNIAN on May 16.

"Then, the drugs were delivered by post to Odesa for sale. The perpetrators have been detained. Nearly 600 grams of heroin has been seized," the press service said.

The press service of the State Border Guard Service's Southern Regional Department reported that three major group members, Ukrainian nationals, had been detained.

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As reported, a courier, carrying about 600 grams of heroin from Russia to Ukraine, was detained on the border with the Russian Federation at the Pisky checkpoint in Kharkiv region on May 12.

"On May 15, in Odesa, an interdepartmental group involving the border special unit 'Dozor' detained a main organizer of the smuggling scheme and drug sales, as well as a distributor," the department said.

The criminals were arrested upon receiving the next batch from the courier via mail.

The dealers had three units of firearms and cold weapons, as well as packaged drugs (heroin and methadone), on them, law enforcers reported.