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12 convicted on drug-trafficking charges

12 convicted on drug-trafficking charges

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Jul 24, 2013 - 11:15

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A dozen men were convicted on drug-trafficking charges and sentenced to imprisonment of up to 20 years over the past few days, a Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) official said on Wednesday.

Cases against the smugglers detained in Nimroz, Badghis, Jawzjan, Nangarhar, Badakhshan, Takhar, Balkh and Kabul, were sent to the task force by security personnel for investigation, prosecution and trial.

CJTF spokesman Ahmad Khalid Mowahid told Pajhwok Afghan News the individuals had been arrested with more than 41 kilograms of heroin, 83 kilograms of opium, 123 kilograms of hashish and 60 bottles of alcohol.

He said the men had defence layers to plead their cases and were tried separately by CJTF Appeal Court. Based on the evidence brought before the court and the counternarcotics law, they were convicted.

A week after convicting 19 alleged drug smugglers, the appellant court sentenced the individuals from two years to 20 years in jail, the official said.

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