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Turn the heating up high! Village kept warm by illegal drugs

By The Siberian Times reporter
13 December 2013

The municipal heating system burns narcotics including heroin seized from traffickers.

'The amount burned in the boiler room was enough to keep all houses in the village warm for 24 hours'. Picture: Kemerovo region drug control press service

Villagers in the Siberian region of Kemerovo kept warm for 24 hours after illegal drugs were used as fuel. Three tons of poppy seeds mixed with straw were destroyed in the furnace of the heating system of Yagunovo village, near Kemerovo. 

More than one kilogram of heroin and 300 grams of synthetic drugs also went up in flames. 

Like many Siberian communities, Yagunovo is warmed by central heating plants which pump hot water to homes and businesses. At the time the narcotics were burned, night time temperatures dipped to minus 14C.

'The amount burned in the boiler room was enough to keep all houses in the village warm for 24 hours,' said the Kemerovo drug control press service.

Turn the heating up high! Village kept warm by illegal drugs


Turn the heating up high! Village kept warm by illegal drugs


Turn the heating up high! Village kept warm by illegal drugs

'Three tons of poppy seeds mixed with straw, more than one kilogram of heroin and 300 grams of synthetic drugs were destroyed in the furnace of the heating system of Yagunovo village, near Kemerovo'. Pictures: Kemerovo region drug control press service

Much of the haul seized from an unnamed Kazakhstan citizen, aged 34, who brought them to Siberia. The man was later sentenced to more than 13 years in a strict regime jail. In all, illegal narcotics relating to 27 separate offences were destroyed in the village furnace which heats a dozen two-storey blocks of flats, a dormitory, a school, a library, a bank, and a House of Arts.

The drugs were classified as 'evidence' and later burned under a supervision of a board of experts from Kemerovo regional drug control service and Kemerovo regional health department service, said an official.

Yagunovo village was established in 1615. 

Kemerovo is one of a number of Siberian regions prone to illegal imports of drugs from Central Asia, some of which find their way west to Europe. 

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