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Some govt figures involved in drug smuggling: Ahmadi

Some govt figures involved in drug smuggling: Ahmadi

Feb 21, 2011 - 17:56

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Even members of the government will be brought to trial if there is evidence to suggest they have been involved in drugs smuggling, the deputy counternarcotics minister, Baz Mohammad Ahmadi warned on Monday.

Already, the chief of Diladram district in Nimroz province, a commander of the reserve police and two policemen had been arrested on Sunday on charges of drugs smuggling, Ahmadi told a news conference here in Kabul.

"If evidence indicating the involvement of high-ranking officials were found, then counternarcotics officials will react," he said, adding that there was no doubt officials were involved in the trafficking.

On Sunday, security forces detained Asadullah Haqdost, the district chief of Diladram. In Zaranj they recovered 35 kilograms of opium, 2 kg of heroin, nine Kalashnikovs, two guns, four pistols, seven Thuraya satellite mobile phones and a machinegun.

More than 1.8 million afghanis (about $40,000), 2.6 million Pakistani rupees ($30,357) and 58 million Iranian tomans ($5,600) were recovered, counternarcotics police chief, Col. Esmatullah Baloch had said.

"This case indicated that the mafia of drug smugglers is widespread in Afghanistaninfo-icon, Pakistaninfo-icon and Iran.”

Ahmadi said counternarcotics police would increase their operations this summer to protect poppy-free provinces, and help others become free.

They would also speed up work on building capacity of counternarcotics police and improve their equipment.

He said most of the drugs had been processed in the unsecure and border provinces, and that Afghan smugglers were only involved to the borders where they passed it on to the international traffickers. About 95 percent of the money from drug smuggling goes to the international side, he said.

Over the past month, counternarcotics police had captured more than 12 tonnes of drugs and chemicals used to process narcotics, he said. They also seized about 22 vehicles, 69 weapons and arrested 92 suspects in connection with the drugs, he said.


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