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27 behind bars after massive drug trafficking bust

AT-KABUL: Afghanistan’s criminal justice body said on Tuesday that 27 people including a women have been arrested in the past week over drug trafficking charges.

The Court of Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) in a statement said 27 smugglers were apprehended by the counternarcotics police forces after intensive crackdown operations in different provinces and have been sent behind the bars for criminal proceedings.

Seven smugglers were arrested in Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul, while attempting to smuggle 2.162 kg heroin to India. The remaining 20 drug traffickers were arrested from Kabul, Helmand, Parwan, Nangarhar, Jawzjan and Badghis provinces.

As much as 10 kg heroin, 2,395 kg opium, 3,000 kg morphine, 579 kg hashish and over 260 liters of alcoholic beverages have been confiscated too, said the statement.

Investigations are underway over the dossiers of the indicted and after assessment of evidences, the CJTF will sentence the accused traffickers to prison time. 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 before the court and the Counter Narcotics law of Afghanistan.

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