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12 drug peddlers held in Afghan-Tajikistan operation

07 December, 2012

KABUL: The Afghan and Tajikistan joint anti-narcotics force arrested 12 drug peddlers in the bordering areas, the Ministry of Interior said Thursday.

Huge quantity of drugs and weapons were also seized in the operation, the deputy chief for interior ministry's anti-narcotics force General Baaz Muhammad Ahmadi said while addressing a press conference in Kabul.

"The operation titled "Amo" was conducted in cooperation with the Tajikistan counter narcotics agency in some bordering districts of Badakhshan province and in some bordering areas of Tajikistan's Shorabad district. We seized 420 kilograms of various kinds of drugs while Tajikistan also captured huge quantity," he added.

The agreement for this operation was signed between Afghan and Tajikistan concerned authorities two months ago, he maintained.

Ahmadi said 12 drug peddlers, including their four leaders, were also arrested during the offensive.

He went on to say two Tajikistan women abducted by the drug smugglers were also set free in the operation, adding they had been handed over to the Tajikistan consulate in north.

General Baaz Muhammad Ahmadi said they were striving efforts to conduct such operations on borders with other countries to arrest drug peddlers.

On the occasion, a UN official on anti-narcotics said the operation was fruitful against drug peddlers.

"If such operations remain continuous, I am sure drugs and drug peddlers will be captured. We support these kind of operations.

The issue of Narcotics is problem for Afghanistan, Tajikistan and for the entire world. Efforts should be expedited in this regard. All the countries of the region should take part in these efforts," he said.

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