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Kyrgyz Antidrug Directorate Chief In Osh Detained For Bribe

OSH, Kyrgyzstan -- The Kyrgyz State Committee for National Security (UKMK) says a top antidrug police official in the southern city of Osh has been arrested for allegedly taking a bribe.

In a statement issued on November 12, the UKMK said that the chief of Kyrgyzstan's Southern Directorate for the Fight against Illegal Drugs, Eldar Kudaiberdiev, was caught in the act of accepting $5,000 as a bribe from a local citizen.

Kudaiberdiev's subordinate, Momun Makhamatjanov, was also reportedly arrested.

The two men are suspected of taking part in a scheme to extort $15,000 from a local citizen.

The alleged victim said he was threatened with fake drug charges unless he would pay the sum to the two officials.

Investigations into the allegations are under way.

With reporting by Interfax