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Tajik police seize record drugs haul

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DUSHANBE, May 14 (RIA Novosti) - Over 423 kilograms (923 lbs) of drugs have been seized in Tajikistan, the largest haul in the Central Asian country this year, a drug enforcement agency spokesman said on Wednesday.

The drugs were found in a KAMAZ lorry, which was stopped during a joint Tajik and Afghan special service operation, on the Dushanbe-Khujand highway on May 11.

"More than 423 kilograms of narcotics, including over 33 kg of heroin, was seized," Fakhriddin Dzhonmakhmadov said adding that officers had also confiscated a pistol with 15 rounds.

Experts estimate the haul is worth some $400,000 in Tajikistan and over $10 million in Europe.

The drugs originated from a region in northeast Afghanistan, the world's leading heroin producer, and were destined to be smuggled into Russia. Three people were arrested on suspicion of being involved in drug trafficking.

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