American teacher arrested in Moscow for ‘large-scale’ drug smuggling

Russian authorities say an American teacher was arrested in Moscow for “large-scale” drug smuggling after cannabis products were found on him at the airport.

Marc Fogel, who is a former employee of the US Embassy in Moscow, was passing through customs in August last year when trained dogs reacted to his luggage, the Russian interior ministry said on Thursday, adding that he was arrested to prevent him from hiding in the embassy.

It was not clear why the announcement was made months after the arrest.

“Since the suspect could hide from the investigation on the territory of the embassy, ​​the Khimki city court chose a measure of restraint in the form of detention,” it said.

“Marijuana and hash oil were found in the foreigner’s luggage. The drugs were carefully disguised,” it said in a statement.

Marijuana was hidden in contact lens cases, while cannabis oil was found in e-cigarette cartridges, the statement said.

Fogel and his wife enjoyed diplomatic immunity up to May last year, the Russian interior ministry said.

At the time of his arrest, he had started teaching at the Anglo-American School of Moscow, the statement said.

Fogel has been charged with “large-scale smuggling and possession of drugs,” the statement said.

US embassy said in a statement to the AFP news agency: “We take seriously our responsibility to assist US citizens abroad, and are monitoring the situation.

Several Americans are currently being held in Russian prisons.