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Default 09-10-2007, 11:47 AM

MOSCOW, September 10 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow's Tverskoi Court has sentenced two Belarusians to 14 years in prison for smuggling 1,000 cough pills containing psychotropic substances, a defense lawyer said Monday.

The two men will spend 14 years in secure confinement for delivering 1,000 Tussal cough tablets to Moscow and selling them to an undercover narcotics officer.

The lawyer said the pair's offense was at best an administrative offense, as the pills were not included on a list of substances prohibited in Russia.

Tussal contains dextromethorphan hydrobromide, a cough suppressant, which in high doses is classified as a hallucinogenic drug. However, the annotation to the medicine says that even small children may take the pills.
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