Russian tries to exchange pot for bike, gets eight years
VLADIVOSTOK, May 13 (RAPSI) - A resident of the Primorye Territory in Russia’s Far East has been sentenced to eight years of imprisonment for trying to swap a large amount of marijuana for a motorcycle, RIA Novosti reports citing the Russian Drug Control Service.
“Drug police detained a local resident when he was trying to exchange three bags of marijuana, or nearly nine kilograms, for a Ural motorcycle,” the service said.
“The Khankaisky District Court sentenced him to eight years and one month in a high-security penal colony and a 7,000-ruble [$223] fine,” it said.
In a separate case, police detained a local resident in the Khankaisky District when she was trying to sell over three kilograms of marijuana. The court gave her nine years and two months of imprisonment and fined her 15,000 rubles ($477).
It was not immediately clear why the woman's prison term was longer although the amount of drugs she had tried to sell was less.
“Overall, more than 250 people involved in illegal sale and production of drugs have been convicted in the Primorye Territory since the start of the year,” the service’s regional department said.