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Drugs, alcoholic drinks weighing 13 tons set alight

Drugs, alcoholic drinks weighing 13 tons set alight

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Sep 26, 2017 - 19:28

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Drugs and alcoholic drinks weighing 13 tons were set alight in Rodat district eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday.

Officials said 336 smugglers, including some high profile, have been arrested in connection with the drugs torched.

Nangarhar counternarcotics director said government’s efforts at countering drugs were insufficient and poppy crop was not eradicated during the anti-poppy campaign last year.

Nangarhar police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi told reporters in Sarkhad Diwal area of Rodat district, where the drugs were torched, that they were seriously combating drug smuggling and poppy cultivation.

He said counternarcotics police confiscated 13 tons of different drugs this solar yearinfo-icon and torched the same in front of a delegation of the Ministry of Interior.

The police chief said 336 people who had been arrested in connection with the drugs included some big smugglers.

He said 163 vehicles and 23 different guns had also been recovered from the detainees.

Provincial counternarcotics chief Idris Sapi said essential measures had not been taken to destroy poppy crop in Nangarhar last year.

“Unfortunately the anti-poppy campaign has not been satisfactory last year, but still the illicit crop was destroyed on 800 hectors of land. The crop was grown on 14000 hectors of land in 14 districts.”

Nangarhar public healthinfo-icon director Dr. Najib Kamawal said they lacked sources to treat the increasing number of drug addicts.

He said the only rehabilitation centre had 220 beds while the number of addicts waiting for their turn to be cured surpassed 6000. “They are ready to be treated, but we don’t have resources.”

He said 60 percent of the addicts had returned to the habit after being treated due to lack of jobs and easy access to drugs.

Provincial Hajjinfo-icon and Islamic Affairs department representative Mualvi Mohammad Mazhar on the occasion said it was government’s duty to prevent cultivation and use of drugs.

He said until the youth were provided jobs, farmers with alternate source of income and until smugglers were hanged in public, getting rid of the menace was impossible.

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