Speaking at the launching ceremony of the body scanner, Mohammad Hashim Ortaq, Deputy Minister of Counter-Narcotics at the Ministry of Interior, said that more than 3,000 operations had been carried out this year to capture drug traffickers, resulting in the arrest of more than 2,500 traffickers, of which 167 were service providers.
“90 percent of poppy is grown in areas under the influence of government’s opponents which annually generates nearly $2 bn in revenue,” Mr. Ortaq said.
According to him, the value of opium and heroin processed in Afghanistan is estimated at $75 bn worldwide, which is in illegal circulation, of which $6 bn goes into the pockets of Afghan drug traffickers and cultivators.
Ortaq also stated that with the activation of the scanner, abdominal smuggling of drugs will be prevented.
Balkh Police Commander, Sayed Merajuddin Sadat, in the meantime, added that he has conducted 48 operations against drug traffickers in Balkh since taking office, resulting in 73 arrests.
It is worth mentioning that the drug trafficking detection scanner was installed in Mawlana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi airport with the aid of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at a cost of $200,000 and according to Deputy Minister of Counter-Narcotics at the Ministry of Interior such a device was previously installed at Kabul and Kandahar airports.
Reporter: Mahnaz Mowzon