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Afghan Authorities Crack Down on Drug Smuggling

FILE - An Afghan man prepares to set narcotics on fire on the outskirts of Kabul, Oct. 29, 2014.

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.