The Ministry of Counter Narcotics continues to make great progress in combating illegal drugs with the dedicated Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) as the Law and Action Plan for Combating Drugs enters its fourth year of execution. The plan, implemented in 2016, is a four-year strategy to amplify the primary responsibilities of the ministry in order to accelerate immediate progress. The ministry has focused primarily on the eradication of poppy cultivation, dismantling illegal drug labs and investigating the cultivation, trafficking and smuggling of illegal drugs. This year, operations have increased significantly.
“Since the beginning of this year, the CNPA have conducted 3,074 operations throughout Afghanistan,” said Lieutenant General Khalil Bakhtiar, Deputy Minister of Counter Narcotics. “During these operations, 3,307 people have been detained in drug-related crimes, already a 32 percent increase in arrests since last year.”
The operations resulted in 315,661 tons of drugs seized, including 22,145 tablets of the increasingly prevalent psychedelic drug K-Tab. The operations also confiscated more than 527 vehicles used for illegal activity, and 3,434 cell phones and transmitters used for criminal communication. According to Bakhtiar, counter narcotic police have destroyed 30 illegal drug labs, eight illegal drug storefronts, and seven illegal alcohol production sites. The narcotics operations also successfully destroyed three improvised explosive device factories and two Taliban command and control centers. The team also seized a Taliban ammunition cache, resulting in the confiscation of more than 317 illegal weapons, and 40,000 other various ammunition.
Drugs are a major threat to our country, and to the world. The illegal drug activity within Afghanistan is directly linked with insecurity and instability. The drug-funded war has put our citizens at risk for years. The Afghan government and security forces are committed to eradicating illegal drugs throughout Afghanistan. The people of this country are grateful for the efforts of the CNPA, and stand with all ANDSF, saying no to the production and consumption of illegal drugs.
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