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Over 423 kilograms (923 lbs) of drugs have been seized
Over 423 kilograms (923 lbs) of drugs have been seized in Tajikistan, the largest haul in the Central Asian country this year, a drug enforcement agency spokesman said on Wednesday.

The drugs were found in a KAMAZ lorry, which was stopped during a joint Tajik and Afghan special service operation, on the Dushanbe-Khujand highway on May 11.

"More than 423 kilograms of narcotics, including over 33 kg of heroin, was seized," Fakhriddin Dzhonmakhmadov said adding that officers had also confiscated a pistol with 15 rounds.

Experts estimate the haul is worth some $400,000 in Tajikistan and over $10 million in Europe.

The drugs originated from a region in northeast Afghanistan, the world's leading heroin producer, and were destined to be smuggled into Russia. Three people were arrested on suspicion of being involved in drug trafficking.


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