Khairullah Rasooli, Mohammad Habibzada
VOA News / July 3, 2016
During the past three months 740 suspected drug smugglers have been arrested in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Deputy Interior Minister for Anti-Narcotics Baaz Mohammad Ahmadi told VOA Afghanistan the arrests were made during 588 police operations across the country.
“Police destroyed six narcotics-processing laboratories during these operations,” said Ahmadi.
He added police also confiscated arms and ammunitions in addition to 111 vehicles and more than $2 million from smugglers.
The Afghanistan Interior Ministry claims police seized 123 tons of narcotics, but Afghan Anti-Narcotics Minister Khodaidad Hazara said compared to the 8,000 tons of narcotics produced in the country that can not be counted as a feat.
The Interior Ministry says charges have been filed and submitted to the Afghan Attorney General’s Office for prosecution.