Silver medalist of the Moscow Olympics, 58-year-old swimmer Svetlana Varganova, was arrested in Goa on charges of selling drugs. This publication reported The Indian Express.
The Drug Control Bureau detained three people in Goa, including two Russians: swimmer Svetlana Varganova and one policeman. The name of the latter was not disclosed, however, as the newspaper notes, he was “identified as a thief in law.” According to the publication, Svetlana Varganova has lived in India for several years, where she sold drugs to foreigners.
The operation to catch drug dealers went on for about two weeks. Drugs were confiscated from the detainees – LSD, cocaine, methamphetamine, charas, hydroponics, hash oil – as well as the proceeds from their sale in various currencies. According to the newspaper, all the detainees were part of the “international drug cartel”, “the main person” in which was a Russian citizen.
Svetlana Varganova won silver at the 1980 Olympics in the 200m breaststroke. In this discipline, she became world champion in 1982 and won bronze in the 4x100m medley relay.