Former security guard for Iranian embassy in Minsk sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of drug trafficking and smuggling

A 40-year-old citizen of Iran who used to work as a driver for the Iranian embassy in Minsk was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in a medium-security correctional institution on charges of drug trafficking and smuggling under Articles 228 and 328 of Belarus’ Criminal Code.

The case began to be heard in the Kastrychnitski District Court in Minsk on July 10.

The man, who has a Belarusian residence permit, was accused of smuggling 144 grams of opium and more than 3,000 pills of tramadol weighing 1,690 grams into Belarus from Iran on March 8, 2014.

The Iranian reportedly arrived in Minsk from Teheran by air on that day, smuggling the pills in his bag and the opium in his socks.

The man was arrested at his home in Minsk, where he went from Minsk National Airport.

The Iranian claimed that he had brought the drugs for personal use. // BelaPAN