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A tonne of drugs, alcoholic beverages torched

A tonne of drugs, alcoholic beverages torched

May 28, 2013 - 16:23

SHIBERGHAN (PANinfo-icon): Nearly a tonne of seized drugs and alcoholic beverages were destroyed in northern Jawzjan province, where poppy cultivation has been zero over the past decade, police said on Tuesday.

The narcotics and the banned drinks which had been confiscated during a series of operations were set alight on Tuesday in Shiberghan, the provincial capital, police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Aziz Ghairat told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said 92 people had been arrested in connection with the stuff that included 676 kilograms of opium, 21 kg of opium paste, 857 grams of heroin, 55 kilograms of hashish, 1118 litres of alcoholic beverages and 1152 small packets of beer.

Anti-drug officials say there has been zero poppy cultivation in Jawzjan since 2003 and the drugs burnt had been smuggled to the province from outside.

A month ago, about four tonnes of drugs were seized from smugglers arrested during various operations in Takhar and Baghlan provinces.



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