Nine drug traffickers arrested in Afghanistan

Kabul, Feb 15 (IANS) At least nine drug traffickers have been detained by Afghan law enforcement agencies within a week, as the war-ravaged country struggled to combat narcotics, authorities said on Wednesday.

“The counter narcotics police have captured the traffickers in Kabul, Nangarhar, Ghor and Nimroz provinces,” Xinhua news agency reported.

They also seized about 29 kg heroin, over 220 kg opium, and 810 kg hashish over the period.

The police also confiscated four vehicles and six mobile phones.

Much of the world’s opium poppy is cultivated in militancy-hit Afghanistan, particularly in western and southern parts of the country, where government security forces have little presence.