Confiscated Drugs Go ‘Up in Smoke’
Story by Lt. Col. Bruno Plourde, RC(S) Liaison Officer to RPAC-South
Photos by Maj. Roy Hunter, Executive Officer, RPAC-South
FOB Walton— Recently Afghan national law enforcement agencies destroyed seized narcotics here, at the Regional Police Headquarters of the Afghan National Police. Present to watch the seized narcotics go ‘up in smoke’ were the Provincial Governor, Rahmatullah Raufi, the Regional chief of police, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Ali Wahdat, local Afghan commanders and Afghan government officials, members of the Regional Police Advisory Command- South led by Col. John Cuddy, the Commander, to witness more that 40 tons of narcotics and transformation products being destroyed.
The drugs and related products destroyed were the result of the collaborative work of the Afghan National Police, the Counter-Narcotic Ministry, the National Development Strategy (NDS), and Afghan Border Police during the last few years. All illegal drugs (heroin, opium, hashish) and other chemicals were seized during police operations in the different districts of Kandahar Province.
This event highlights the success, dedication, and the enduring and collaborative efforts of Afghan Government law enforcement officials in the Kandahar province in their struggle to provide their citizens a drug free, more secure, and stable homeland.
Official breakdown of the load: 140 kg – Heroin; 860 kg – Opium; 9 483 kg – Hashish; 8 171 L – Acid; 22 510 kg – Various chemical products; Total: 41, 174 kg