Afghan police destroy drug lab, arrest 9 drug smugglers-Xinhua

Afghan police destroy drug lab, arrest 9 drug smugglers

Source: Xinhua| 2023-05-13 19:16:15|Editor: huaxia

FIROZ KOAH, Afghanistan, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Afghan counter-narcotics police destroyed a drug processing lab and arrested nine suspects for alleged involvement in drug business in four of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, the Ministry of Interior Affairs said Saturday.

Acting on a tip-off, units of counter-narcotic police launched an operation in Chaharsada district of Afghanistan's western Ghor province on Friday, discovered and destroyed the drug lab, the ministry said in a statement.

Afghan authorities have intensified crackdown on illicit drugs and those involved in underground business as security personnel arrested nine alleged drug smugglers in Parwan province, Herat province, Takhar province, and Bamyan province on Friday, the statement said.

Police also uncovered materials used in manufacturing heroin from the possessions of the arrested suspects.

In the fight against illicit crops, police have also destroyed 600 acres of poppy farms in some provinces over the past couple of weeks.