Over 15 tons of drugs seized in Afghanistan
The seizures included seven tons of opium, eight tons of marijuana and just over one ton of heroin, say authorities.india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 08:23 IST
Afghan authorities have seized over 16 tons of drugs in the past 10 days in operations targeting smugglers in seven provinces, Afghanistan's top counter-narcotics official said.
The seizures included seven tons of opium, eight tons of marijuana and just over one ton of heroin, Lt Gen Mohammed Daoud Daoud has said.
The UN's Office on Drugs and Crime said last month that cultivation of opium-producing poppies in Afghanistan rose to 59 per cent this year to produce a record 6,100 tons of opium—or about 92 per cent of the world's supply and outstripping heroin demand by a third.
The UN agency said only six of Afghanistan's 34 provinces are poppy-free.
It said some 2.9 million people were involved in growing opium, representing 12.6 per cent of the total Afghan population, and that revenue from this year's harvest was predicted to hit over US$3 billion (euro2.4 billion).
Daoud said a renewed campaign with the help of local authorities is under way to convince the farmers not to grow the lucrative crop.