The Prosecutor-General’s Office of Abkhazia says two women from Tajikistan have got lengthy jail term for the sale of narcotic drugs on an especially large scale.

The Sukhumi city court sentenced Niloufar Bozorova, 22, and Maidagul Rahimova, 44, to 15 years in prison each on June 9.

The sentence followed their conviction on the charges of the sale of narcotic drugs on an especially large (Article 224 (3) of Abkhazia’s Penal Code).  

The court also imposed a 600,000-ruble fine on Niloufar Bozorova and a 700,000-ruble fine on Maidagul Rahimova. 

11.142 grams of methadone have reportedly been confiscated from them.  

Methadone, sold under the brand names Dolophine and Methadose among others, is a synthetic opioid agonist used for chronic pain and also for opioid use disorder.  It is used to treat chronic pain, and it is also used to treat addiction to heroin or other opioids.  Prescribed for daily use, the medicine relieves cravings and removes withdrawal symptoms.  Withdrawal management using methadone can be accomplished in less than a month, or it may be done gradually over a longer period of time, or simply maintained for the rest of the patient’s life.  While a single dose has a rapid effect, maximum effect can take up to five days of use.  After long-term use, in people with normal liver function, effects last 8 to 36 hours.  Methadone is usually taken by mouth and rarely by injection into a muscle or vein.