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Nearly 5 tonnes of drugs torched in Kunduz

Nearly 5 tonnes of drugs torched in Kunduz

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Sep 15, 2015 - 20:05

KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): Security officials in northern Kunduz province on Tuesday torched nearly five tonnes of drugs they had seized over the last two years.

The destroyed drugs included 56 kilograms of heroin, more than 380kg of opium, 380kg of hashish, 1,780 kg of chemicals and 1,500 litres of alcoholic drinks.

Local officials said the drugs had been seized by counter-narcotics police during raids in the provincial capital, Kunduz City, districts and highways.

Kunduz governor Mohammad Omar Safi told journalists the drugs were seized along with 17 vehicles as a result of 62 operations in different parts of the province.

He said 120 suspects in this regard had also been detained and introduced to judicial organs.

Safi said the seizures showed government’s commitment to fighting drugs and smugglers, but urged the international community to provide alternative livelihood for Kunduz farmers.

Brig. Gen. Imamuddin Mutmaen, Interior Ministry delegation head at the event, said the counternarcotics police had managed to dismantle major drug producing laboratories in various parts of the country.

Kunduz officials say the province has been receiving $1 million in annual reward for development projects since poppy cultivation was brought to zero eight years ago.

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