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34 suspected drug smugglers arrested

AT-KABUL: As many as 34 people including a woman and a citizen of Iran have been arrested for their involvement in major drug trafficking practices across Afghanistan last week, authorities said. The court of Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) on Sunday said the counternarcotics police forces had caught the suspects after clearout operations in several provinces and handed them over to the CJTF.

Nine smugglers were arrested while attempting to smuggle heroin to India from Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul, said a CJTF statement. All-out investigations are being carried out on the drug trafficking cases, after which CJTF will sentence the suspected smugglers.

The other 25 drug traffickers were arrested from Kabul, Jawzjan, Kunduz, Nimroz, Baghlan, Takhar, Badakhshan, Helmand, Herat and Nangarhar provinces. Some 138 kg heroin, 458kg opium, 541 kg hashish 188kg acid and 494 liters of alcoholic beverages discovered and seized from the arrested smugglers, noted the statement. All the suspected 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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