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Russia concerned over increased drug trafficking from Afghanistan

August 27, 2015, 15:11 UTC+3 FAKHRABAD (Tajikistan)
More than 1,000 representatives of law enforcement agencies of CSTO are taking part in the Thunder 2015 large-scale drills against drug trafficking
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Russian border-guards with confiscated heroin at the Tajik-Afghan border (archive)

Russian border-guards with confiscated heroin at the Tajik-Afghan border (archive)

© ITAR-TASS/Sergei Zhukov

FAKHRABAD (Tajikistan), August 27. /TASS/. Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) has expressed its concerns about the increasing drug production in Afghanistan and huge heroine stocks near Tajikistan’s borders, FSKN chief Viktor Ivanov said on Thursday.

"Afghanistan produces nearly 700 tons of opium (seven tons of heroine) annually," Ivanov told reporters at Tajikistan’s Fakhrabad military base following the first stage of anti-drug drills.

"One third of this amount is realized via the Northern, Southern and Balkan drug traffic routes, the rest is kept at underground warehouses," he added.

"Drugs trafficking countermeasures are the main purpose of the drills," Ivanov said. "Special forces will improve practical skills at carrying out search and ambush operations on blocking channels of drug trafficking, seizing illegal drugs, arms, ammunition and explosives."

More than 1,000 representatives of law enforcement agencies of CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) are taking part in the Thunder 2015 large-scale drills against drug trafficking.

The drills will continue until September 3.

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