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Tajikistan seizes heroin worth $ three-million

The heroin was found in the gas tank of a truck bound for the Moscow region in Russia.
None | By Agence France-Presse, Dushanbe
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2006 11:26 AM IST

Tajik officials have seized 60 kilograms (132 pounds) of heroin with an estimated street value of about three million dollars (2.4 million euros), the country's anti-drug agency said on Tuesday.

The heroin was found in the gas tank of a truck bound for the Moscow region in Russia.

Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic in central Asia, neighbours Afghanistan, the world's leading heroin producer and has become a centre for smuggling Afghan drugs to Russia and the West.

A drugs agency spokesman said that 3.7 tonnes of Afghan drugs were intercepted in the first nine months of this year, including 1.6 tonnes of heroin.

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