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Tajik Border Official Arrested On Drug Trafficking Charges

A high-ranking border services officer has reportedly been arrested in Tajikistan in connection with drug trafficking.

A spokesman for the State Committee for National Security said on October 22 that the officer and four others were detained during a special operation by law-enforcement agencies.

The officer's identity was not disclosed.

The spokesman said some 100 kilograms of opium and more than 30 kilograms of heroin were seized during the raid.

The detainees were members of an organized criminal group involved in trafficking illegal drugs from Afghanistan to Russia and Europe through Central Asia.

Drug traffickers frequently use the 1,300-kilometer border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, the world's largest opium producer, to smuggle illegal drugs.

With reporting by Interfax