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Customs officials in Tajikistan detained a Filipino woman at Dushanbe airport
Customs officials in Tajikistan detained a Filipino woman at Dushanbe airport on Tuesday attempting to smuggle more than three kilograms of heroin stuffed into fabric buttons to Turkey.

"During an individual baggage search of passengers, customs authorities detained Milagros Nolasko, 48, who was attempting to smuggle some 3,300 grams (7 pounds 4 ounces) of heroin on a flight from Dushanbe to Istanbul," a customs agent told RIA Novosti.

The agent said that the woman had stuffed the drugs into 758 fabric buttons stitched onto 33 Tajik national robes. An investigation is ongoing.

During 2008, some 20 kilograms of heroin were seized on flights from Dushanbe to Istanbul, leading to the arrest of five smugglers from South Africa, Uganda, the Philippines and Turkey.

Tajikistan is a major smuggling route for heroin from neighboring Afghanistan, the world's largest heroin producer.


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