As a result of 1303 security forces operations carried out across the country in the past five months, more than 1,500 people, including 5 foreign nationals, have been arrested on charges of drug trafficking in Afghanistan, the deputy minister of interior for counter-narcotics said.
While addressing a news conference on Wednesday, Mohammad Hashim Ortaq, deputy minister of interior for counter-narcotics said, that in 1303 operations of security forces conducted against the cultivation, production, processing, and drug trafficking, 545 people including 42 women and 5 foreign nationals have been arrested.
He added two major drug traffickers are among the detainees.
In the operations carried out over the past five months, CNPA has seized a total of 3 tons of narcotics, destroyed five methamphetamine production labs and 4 drug stores, said Ortaq.
He emphasized security forces confiscated 158 weapons, 197 vehicles and 511 mobile sets during the operations
Deputy minister of interior for counter-narcotics said the focus of CNPA operations over the past five months has been mostly in Kabul province adding that 466 operations conducted only in Kabul resulting in the arrest of 564 individuals.
He further added that these operations inflicted nearly $53 million worth loss to drug traffickers.
There are 7776 street drug addicts in the country, of which 2220 have been rounded up over the past months and have taken them to rehabilitation centers, Ortaq said about the number of addicts in the country.
The implementation of the Ministry of Interior’s strategic plan, development of a plan to round up drug addicts from various parts of Kabul and keeping them in proper places and intensifying operations on drug processing centers, warehouses and drug replication centers are the main programs of the ministry, Mohammad Hashim Ortaq said.
Meanwhile, The World Drug Report 2019 registered a decline in opiate trafficking from Afghanistan.
The decline in the global area under opium poppy cultivation in 2018 was primarily a result of the decrease in opium cultivation in Afghanistan, which declined by 20 per cent across the country.