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31 arrested over drug charges

AT-KABUL: More than 31 drug traffickers have been caught over the past week following a nation-wide crackdown by the counternarcotics police, the Court of Criminal Justice Task Force said on Tuesday.

The culprits, among whom are two women and an Iranian, have been handed to the CJTF for criminal investigations and prosecution, read a court’s statement.

Seven people were arrested while trying to smuggle heroin to India from Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul, whose charges are being investigated. And after evidences are examined and arguments heard, the court will sentence the culprits, it said.

More than 24 drug traffickers were arrested from Kabul, Paktia, Nangarhar, Parwan, Kandahar, Kunar, and Helmand, Farah, Herat and Faryab provinces.

The law enforcement has also confiscated 14 kg heroin, over 78 kg opium, 166 kg hashish, 14 kg crystal and 30 K tablets from the smugglers.

The convicts will have the right to defense attorneys for their legal defense and will be sentenced after separate judicial trials based on the evidence brought before the court and Afghanistan’s counter-narcotics law, the court said.

At the same period, some 18 drug smugglers were sentenced to 1 to 10 years of prison time by the CJTF’s primary and appellate courts.

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