917 smugglers, 129 tonnes of drugs captured since March
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 917 notorious drug smugglers, including one globally known, have been arrested and 129 tonnes of drugs captured since March this year, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, MoI’s counternarcotics department head, told reporters here that narcotics were a major source behind growing insecurity and corruption and the MoI was trying to prevent cultivation and smuggling of opium and other drugs with available resources.
He said since March this year, personnel from his department conducted 80 grand, 33 medium and 646 small operations countrywide, confiscating 129 tonnes of narcotics and arresting 917 smugglers.
He said notorious smugglers such as Haji Jumma Khan, Haji Ghulam Sakhi and Mir Wali were among the detainees. They also included four foreigners --- two Pakistanis, one Iranian and one Turk, said the official.
Ahmadi said 16.5kg of drugs were recovered from 23 alleged smugglers at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul in four months and the illicit substance was concealed in 1,507 capsules.
During the period, security officials confiscated 141 vehicles, 109 weapons and 119 mobile sets from smugglers and detected four drugs processing laboratories in Nangarhar and torched 42.1 tonnes of drugs.
Ahmadi said one policeman of his department was killed and three others wounded during four and a half months period.
He did give information about drugs produced this year but said the production might have been increased as more poppy was cultivated this year due to insecurity, compared to last year.
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