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354kg of heroin seized in Helmand

354kg of heroin seized in Helmand

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Mar 27, 2011 - 14:16

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): Foreign troops found a drug cache consisting of 780 pounds (354 kilograms) of heroinduring a clearing operation in southern Helmand province on Sunday, NATOinfo-icon said.

The narcotics were seized from a truck inReg-i-Khan Neshin district by an ISAFinfo-icon patrol. Two suspected insurgents related to the narcotics cache were detained and were being questioned.

Elsewhere, an ISAF patrol discovered a large weapons cache in southern Kandahar province on Sunday, the alliance said.

The cache in Kandahar district consisted of one AK-47, one anti-tank mine, one claymore mine, seven recoilless rifles, four recoilless rifle rounds, 12 grenades, 23 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, 27 RPG motors, two RPG launchers, two propellant sticks, six fuses, six caps, one heavy machine-gun, 600 12.7 mm rounds and several loose ammunition of different caliber, said.

In Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF discovered a narcotics and chemicals cache consisting of 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of heroin and 661 pounds (300 kilograms) of ammonium chloride, the statement said.

A combined force found several weapons caches in Sarobi district of central Kabul province during a clearing operation on Sunday.

The caches consisted of nine anti-personnel mines, one rifle, 73 82 mm mortar rounds, one pistol, seven RPG rounds, 17 RPG boosters, 13 propellant sticks, two boxes of 14.5 mm rounds and several loose ammunition of different calibre, the statement said.  

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