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British troops assist in £18m heroin bust in Afghanistan

By YIPMAN, Dec 9, 2011 | Updated: Dec 9, 2011 | |
    HEROIN worth nearly £18million and a huge arsenal of deadly weapons have been seized in Afghanistan by security forces.

    Afghan cops assisted by British troops found 385lb of wet opium – the main ingredient in the drug – at a suspected Taliban operative’s home.

    Two machine guns, a rocket propelled grenade launcher, a number of AK-47 rifles, two pistols and bomb-making gear were also discovered.

    Lt Paul Charlesworth, 24, of First Battalion Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment, said: “We quickly realised this was a really significant find.

    “This is the largest drugs haul that I’ve ever been involved in and the biggest that the international security assistance force has been involved in since we arrived.”

    The swoop took place at a man’s home in Gereshk, Nahr-e-Saraj, where British troops are advising local police in how to work crime scenes and handle potential evidence.

    It is feared that the drugs, worth up to £46,000 a pound on British streets, could have been used to buy arms for terrorists to attack NATO forces.

    Police and military uniforms also found could have been used in ambushes. The man will now be prosecuted in Afghanistan.

    Cpt Stuart Barker, 45, said: “This is a victory for joined-up police work. It shows how working together can produce a find which shows the connection between drugs and violence and insecurity.”

    by Chris Hughes, Daily Mirror 7/12/2011



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