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Police seize 70 kg heroin in eastern Afghanistan

(Xinhua)

15:40, January 15, 2012

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Afghan police seized 70 kg of heroin in the country's eastern province of Nangarhar on Sunday.

"Based on intelligence, a unit of Afghan Border Police launched a hunt operation to capture a drug smuggler, who was expected to drive along a road in Khogyani district on Sunday morning," border police commander in the province, Wali Khan, told Xinhua.

He said that the smuggler managed to escape but the vehicle was held and 70 kg of heroin was seized.

The insurgency-hit Afghanistan produces about 90 percent of the world's opium, the raw element for making heroin.

According to officials, more than 6,400 tons of opium were produced in Afghanistan last year.

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