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Afghan authorities seize 23 tons heroin, morphine

FILE --In this Wednesday Dec. 19 2012 file phoAfghan security police stfront pile confiscated drugs alcohol during burning ceremony Jalalabad

FILE --In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 file photo, Afghan security police stand in front of a pile of confiscated drugs and alcohol during a burning ceremony in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan officials said on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 that counternarcotics teams have seized and deystroyed roughly 23 tons of heroin and morphine and other chemicals on Monday in a helicopter raid on a facility in the Sherzad district of Nangarhar province east of Kabul. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say counternarcotics teams have seized roughly 23 tons of heroin and morphine and other chemicals in a helicopter raid.

They say the bust on Monday was the largest so far this year.

The raid commander, General Abdul Khalil Bahktyar, said in a news conference Tuesday that helicopter-borne commandos raided a facility in the Sherzad district of Nangarhar province east of Kabul. They seized drugs and large quantities of chemicals such as ammonium chloride, which are used in the manufacture of illicit narcotics.

Bahktyar says the massive haul was the latest of 210 raids this year in which his commandos had arrested more than 190 suspects. He said the drugs were destroyed burned at the scene and six drug labs dismantled.



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