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Heroin labs destroyed, drugs worth $300m seized

Heroin labs destroyed, drugs worth $300m seized

Sep 28, 2011 - 18:56

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Six heroin laboratories and drugs worth $300 million were seized in the Baghran district of southern Helmand province, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

The narcotics, including 324 kilogram of heroin, 14,400 liters of morphine, 12,065 kg of chemicals and 40 kg of opium, were recovered by Afghan and ISAFinfo-icon forces on September 26 in Shatoot area of the district.

Deputy Interior Minister for Counternarcotics Affairs Baz Muhammad Ahmadi told a news conference in Kabul one militant was killed and another arrested during the joint operations that also led to the recovery of arms.

But the NATOinfo-icon-led force said they destroyed narcotics labs, along with approximately 1,815 gallons (6,870 litres) of morphine solution, 220 pounds (100 kg) of heroin, 176 pounds (80 kg) of opium, 26,543 pounds (12,065 kg) of chemicals used to process narcotics and a quantity of drug-processing equipment.

“This operation will disrupt the enemies’ ability to facilitate attacks against the government of Afghanistaninfo-icon,” said Maj. Gen. James B. Laster, head of the Joint Operations at ISAF Joint Command.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Ghulam Siddique Siddiqui, told reporters that 122 militants were killed and 138 arrested in different areas of the country last week.

More than 110 landmines were defused and 84 weapons seized, he said. "Eight would-be suicide attackers were arrested, while 34 policemen were killed and 66 others injured over the past seven days."



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