Two British teachers have been detained in Moscow, say reports citing law enforcement sources.
The pair, named by the Russian media as Domian Osborne and Ian Evans, were held after allegedly attempting to discard bags of mephedrone when they spotted a police patrol near a metro station.
A criminal case for possession of illegal narcotic mephedrone has been opened.
Two British men were reportedly arrested after being found in possession of several bags of mephedrone [file photo]
The press service of Russia’s National Guard said suspicions initially focused on a 36-year-old foreigner.
‘The man aroused the attention of private security officers on Makarenko Street,’ reported RBC citing the National Guard.
‘At the sight of a patrol car, the man abruptly turned aside and quickened his pace.
‘He tried to discard the light-grey bundles from his jacket pocket.’
The man and his friend were identified as British citizens.
They are believed to be teaching English at a language school in the Russian capital.
They were held near Chistiye Prudy metro station.