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Russian Official Hails Joint Antidrugs Operation In Afghanistan

Viktor Ivanov, director of Russia's Federal Service for Drugs Control
The head of Russia's Federal Service for Drugs Control says a joint antinarcotics operation in Afghanistan -- involving forces from Afghanistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and the United States -- had "a phenomenal result."

Viktor Ivanov said on May 16 that more than four tons of drugs, 130 illegal guns, and 15 automobiles were confiscated from illegal drug producers during the operation between April 30 and May 14.

He said 67 suspects were arrested and four illegal drug laboratories were discovered.

In October 2010, officials said a similar Afghan-Russian-U.S. operation smashed four illegal drug labs and seized almost one ton of heroin.

Antidrug experts say the majority of some 5 million drug addicts in Russia use illegal drugs produced in Afghanistan.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS, Interfax, and CTK