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NATO troops discover one ton of drugs in Helmand.

Pajhwok Report - Jun 22, 2010 - 12:17

KABUL (PAN): NATO and Afghan troops discovered 1,650 kilograms of opium in the Garm Ser district of southern Helmand province, a hub for Taliban's narco-trade, the alliance said Tuesday.

Afghan and foreign troops also seized 10 kilograms of heroin during a vehicle search in the same district on Sunday, according to a NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) statement.

Two individuals were detained when they fled the vehicle in an attempt to evade the combined patrol on Sunday, the statement noted.

"The narcotics trade funds and supports the insurgency, drains the legal economy and promotes widespread crime and corruption," said Col. John Ahern, ISAF Joint Command operations center director.

"Successful operations like these in Garm Ser can help reduce the insurgents' resources and their ability to harm Afghans and our forces."

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