The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Police destroy 7 drug labs, arrest 14 in Helmand

KABUL: Counter-narcotics police personnel of the country’s southern Helmand province have destroyed seven drug processing labs and arrested 14 drug smugglers late on Monday, said a statement from the Ministry of Interior Affairs released here Tuesday. Based on a tip-off, the counter-narcotic unit police launched operations in different parts of Helmand province destroying seven drug labs and taking 14 persons into custody, the statement added. Poppy cultivation and drug production in Helmand, once a poppy-growing province and drug hub has reportedly reduced drastically as the farmers have largely replaced poppy farms with legal crops such as cotton, watermelon, melon and wheat. The police personnel have also uncovered huge quantity of materials used in manufacturing heroin from the sites of operations and possessions of the arrested men during operations in Helmand province, the statement contended. In a similar crackdown, the country’s counter-narcotics poAYBAK: At least four commuters have died and 10 othRoad crash leaves 4 dead, 10 injured in Samangan ers wounded in a road crash in the country’s northern province of Samangan, the provincial police office said in a statement Tuesday. The deadly accident occurred, when a Prado-type vehicle rolled off a ramp in Alawabarin area outside Aybak, the provincial capital of Samangan province, late on Monday, killing four commuters including two women and injuring ten others, the statement said. The wounded, some in critical condition, have been taken to the nearby health center, according to the statement. Traffic incidents have recently increased due to reckless driving, poorly built roads and drivers not adhering to traffic rules in Afghanistan as a few days ago, nine people have been killed and 31 others injured in a similar accident in the country’s southern Zabul province. The Kabul Times lice destroyed five drug labs in Ghor and Baghlan provinces a day earlier on Sunday. The Islamic Emirate authorities have intensified crackdown on illicit drugs and those involved in the underground business as security personnel have arrested 16 alleged drug smugglers in Kabul and Herat provinces recently. The Kabul Times

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.