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Tajik Officer Sentenced For Drug Trafficking

22 September 2005 -- A Dushanbe court has sentenced an officer of Tajikistan's counternarcotics department for trafficking heroin.

Abdussadam Yuldashev, from the Drug Control Department of the Tajik Interior Ministry, was sentenced to 14 years in jail. He had been arrested in the capital in July when he was trying to sell five kilograms of Afghan heroin.

According to the Prosecutor-General's Office, criminal proceedings were instituted against more than 10 Tajik law enforcement officers since the beginning of the year. The republics lies on one of the main routes for drugs produced in Afghanistan, the world's top opium producer.


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