At St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport, customs officers found marmalade mice with cannabis on a passenger arriving from Germany.
A 38-year-old German citizen arrived in Russia from Hamburg to a pen pal. While inspecting his backpack, the customs officers noticed a hard polymer bag on which a cannabis leaf was depicted, the press service of the Federal Customs Service of Russia reported on February 13. Inside were six strongly smelling black and brown jelly mice weighing 20 grams. The customs officials conducted an express test, and it showed that the sweets do indeed contain tetrahydrocannabinol, a substance that is recognized as a narcotic in Russia and prohibited for import.
The passenger explained that he had bought marmalade mice in Germany at one of the specialized stores at the end of last year and had traveled around the world with them more than once. According to the man, he used these sweets during long flights for a restful sleep, and the customs officers of other countries did not have any questions about them.
Cannabis is legalized in Germany for medicinal purposes.
A criminal case has been initiated against a German citizen under the article on the smuggling of narcotics. He is arrested. The punishment under this article provides from three to seven years of imprisonment and a fine of up to one million rubles.