18 kg of heroin seized in Uzbekistan

15:18, July 20, 2011      

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Uzbek secret agents have recently seized 18 kilograms of heroin on a transnational train crossing Uzbekistan into Russia, the National Security Department said in a statement Tuesday.

The train was travelling from Tajikistan, from which illicit drugs were often smuggled into Uzbekistan.

The department also said its agents have recently seized 1.2 kg of cannabis in Bekobod near the Tajik border. Earlier, authorities aborted a plan of drug dealers to smuggle 23 kg of opium from Tajikistan into the country.

According to official statistics, last year Uzbek authorities seized a total of 4716.6 kg of illegal drugs and captured 115 foreign drug dealers, 34 of whom were from Tajikistan.

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