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2,848 drug traffickers arrested this year

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: More than 2,848 suspected drug traffickers have been arrested and large caches of narcotics busted across Afghanistan in the past 11 months, said the interior ministry on Wednesday.

Counternarcotics police forces have staged 2,468 anti-drug crackdowns and arrested 2,848 drug dealers this year, said Counter Narcotics Deputy of the Interior Ministry, Major Gen. Abdul Khalil Bakhtyar.

Speaking at a press conference here in Kabul, he elaborated that big and small smugglers including some Taliban commander are among the detained drug traffickers.

He said that 56, female, 69 public servants officers including police, army and 13 foreigners were also among the arrested smugglers. Some 231 tons of different narcotics such as opium, hashish, heroin, morphine, precursor’s chemicals and alcoholic beverages discovered and seized by CPN, he added.

He highlighted that “27 laboratories and 11 warehouses belonged to drug runners were also destroyed during operations”. He stated that $272 million losses incurred to the Mafia and smugglers through operation this year.

CNP also seized 224 rifles of different weapons from smugglers, he noted. CNP police had regular operation in Kabul, which through over 1000 smugglers mostly small sellers were arrested, he said.

Deputy Minister said that also 153 drug traffickers with 208kg drug were arrested in different crackdown in Hamid Karzai International airport in Kabul.

CNP shined well in the past 11 months and will strive hard to bust all drug traffickers’ networks and arrest the big drug dealers in the country, he underlined.

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