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328 drug traffickers go on trial

AT-KABUL: Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) on Tuesday said that 328 drug smugglers went on trial in the past four months.

General Prosecution Director for CJTF, Yar Mohammad Hussainkhel, said that since March 21, 2015, the CJTF has registered 310 drug trafficking cases while arresting 328 smugglers.

Speaking at a press conference here he said the smugglers were arrested in Logar, Zabul, Samangan, Kandahar, Helmand, Parwan, Paktia, Uruzgan, Nimroz, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Jawzjan, Herat, Farah, Balkh, Baghlan, Badakhshan, Ghor, Faryab and Kabul provinces.

He said that 32 government servants including cops were also involved in narcotics trafficking.

Two foreign citizens, an army general and eight women are also among the detained smugglers, he said, adding that number of arrests increased by five percent as compared to the same period of last year.

Hussainkhel said that over three tons of heroin, 0.5 tons morphine, 11 tons opium, 21 tons hashish, over three tons precursors and 4,500 liters alcoholic beverages were seized during the crackdowns. Around 204 guns and 73 vehicles were also recovered from smugglers.

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