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SAMARA -- Three top police officials in Russia's Samara Oblast have been jailed for involvement in selling illegal drugs, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Senior criminal police investigator Aleksei Zinkovsky, operational investigator Sergei Tushkanov of Samara Oblast's Krasnoyarsk district, and the former senior officer of the Federal Department of Drugs Control, Aleksandr Romanov, were found guilty of organizing a criminal group that illegally distributed drugs in the region.

The Russian Prosecutor-General's Office told RFE/RL that Zinkovsky was sentenced to 12 years in jail, while Romanov and Tushkanov each received 14
years in jail.

Samara, a city of some 1.1 million people, is in southwestern Russia at the confluence of the Volga and Samara rivers.