400 kg hashish seized in Afghanistan

November 6th, 2011 - 4:03 am ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, Nov 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Around 400 kg of hashish has been seized in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand by the interior ministry, police said.

Smugglers made an armed resistance during the operation. As a result of a gun-battle, one drug dealer was injured and taken to hospital while another was arrested.

Police said the drug dealers intended to transfer the hashish to Pakistan.

Police also arrested a few farmers in the province who owned fields of opium poppies.

Afghanistan is the global production centre for opium and opiates like heroin and hashish.

There has been a significant rise in drug production since the US-led coalition toppled the Taliban in 2001.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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