Interior Ministry suspected ex-employee of the US Embassy in the sale of drugs to schoolchildren The American himself said that they found medical marijuana in him
Former US embassy official in Russia Mark Vogel arrested on charges of smuggling and possession of drugs, said the head of the press service Department of Transportation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Central Federal District Elena Babanova. Vogel was detained in the summer of 2021 at Sheremetyevo.
The police said that Fogel was detained at Sheremetyevo Airport, where he flew from New York. “The reason was the reaction to his luggage of service dogs, which are trained to detect prohibited substances. During customs control, marijuana and hash oil were found in the luggage of a foreigner, — the message says.
Vogel hid marijuana in contact lens packaging, and cannabis oil— into cartridges for electronic cigarettes.
A criminal case has been initiated against an American citizen under Part 3 of Art. 229.1 and part 2 of Art. 228 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Since there was a possibility that he would hide on the territory of the US Embassy, the Khimki City Court decided to place him in custody.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mark Vogel is currently an English teacher – American school. He had diplomatic status until May 2021.
“According to one of the versions of the investigation, the person involved could use him to organize a channel for the supply of drugs to Russia for the purpose of subsequent sale among the students of the specified school”,— reported in the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
RBC turned to the press service of the US Embassy in Moscow for comment.
«Interfax» in early December, he wrote that members of the Public Monitoring Commission found Vogel in one of the capital's pre-trial detention centers. The American himself claimed that he was detained back in August 2021 for transporting 17 g of marijuana. At the same time, the former diplomat said that marijuana was medical (to alleviate the consequences of spinal surgery) and he had a prescription written by a doctor.
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