Police arrest 9 drug smugglers in W. Afghanistan

19:29, January 13, 2010      

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The Afghan police have captured a nine-member drug smuggling gang in the country's western Herat province, a counter-narcotics officer said Wednesday.

The raid was conducted in Gulran district Tuesday night, said Zinudin Sharifi, the officer, adding that during the operation, a quantity of narcotics were discovered and set on fire.

All those arrested are Afghan nationals and were attempting to transport the contraband out of the country, Sharifi said.

The war-torn Afghanistan is supplying over 90 percent of the raw material used in manufacturing heroin to the world.  

Source: Xinhua
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