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BISHKEK, March 22 (RIA Novosti) – Kyrgyz police detained a drug runner from neighboring Tajikistan with a large consignment of Afghan opium, Kyrgyzstan’s Interior Ministry said on Friday.
Twelve kilograms of opium were seized from the Tajik national, 38, and a further 19 kilograms were later recovered as part of the operation, the ministry said in a statement.
Kyrgyz law enforcers suspect the drugs were to have been trafficked on to Russia and European countries while the runner was part of an international drug trafficking ring.
A criminal case has been opened to determine who the courier’s accomplices were, the ministry said.
Kyrgyzstan is a major transit point in the so-called northern route for the trafficking of hard drugs from Afghanistan via Central Asia to Russia, China and Europe.
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