Afghanistan: Drugs

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress the counter narcotics police of Afghanistan, the Afghan special narcotics force and the counter narcotics criminal justice task force are making in tackling the production and distribution of drugs in Afghanistan.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

From January to October 2007, mobile detection teams—part of the counter narcotics police of Afghanistan—made 135 separate seizures, which totalled 1,916 kilograms of opium, 2,629 kilograms of cannabis, 67 kilograms of diamorphine and 4,068 kilograms of precursor chemicals. A recent operation at Kabul airport led to the arrest of a significant target who was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2007, the criminal justice task force secured 278 narcotics convictions.

The Afghan special narcotics Force (ASNF) continues to make progress in tackling drug production and trafficking in Afghanistan. In 2007 the ASNF undertook 42 operations, including in support of UK forces in Musa Qala. Activity in 2007 led to 15 detentions and the seizure of 11,500 kilograms of opiates and 254 kilograms of heroin. The ASNF is also able to target and destroy narcotics laboratories, having a disruptive effect on key trafficking networks. Its capability continues to grow and is capable of deployment throughout Afghanistan.

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