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16 drug traffickers arrested

AT-KABUL: As many as 16 drug traffickers, including a woman have been arrested in connection with drug-related crimes in different provinces, authorities said on Tuesday.

The court of Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said the counternarcotics police forces detained 16 smugglers, including a woman in different crackdowns in various provinces. The detainees had been handed over to the CJTF for criminal proceedings.

In separate concentrated efforts, seven smugglers arrested in Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul, who planned to transfer heroines to India, the statement added.

Investigation is underway over dossier of all indicts by the CJTF, in which after examining the evidences and arguments from both sides, the CJTF will take decision over their fate.

The remaining nine other drug traffickers were arrested from Kabul, Nangarhar and Farah provinces.

Some 31kg heroin, over 940kg opium, 271kg hashish,150kg precursor, over 1kg crystal and 3330 liters alcoholic beverages discovered and seized from the arrested smugglers, noted the statement.

All the convicted drug traffickers would have defense attorneys for their legal defense and will be convicted after separate judicial trials based on the evidence brought to the court and the Counter Narcotics law of Afghanistan.

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