RAWALPINDI: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has seized three tons narcotics valuing Rs2.28 billion in the international market and arrested 22 accused involved in drug smuggling in 21 counter-narcotics strikes conducted across the country.
According to the ANF spokesperson, the force also impounded 11 vehicles. The seized drugs comprised 2,940kg hashish, 53.5kg opium, 8.65kg heroin, 3.33kg amphetamine and 1.24kg methamphetamine.
Most of the recovered drugs were intended to be smuggled abroad.
Striving for achievement of ‘Drug Free Society’, the Quetta ANF gathered information regarding concealment of huge cache of narcotics at Qilla Abdullah and Pishin.
Acting on the information, Quetta ANF conducted two separate operations in both the districts. The operations resulted in seizure of 1,757kg hashish.
According to details, 956kg hashish was recovered in the first operation carried out at a ruined house situated in general area of Killi Damaan in Gulistan tehsil of Qilla Abdullah district whereas 801kg hashish was recovered in the second intelligence based operation conducted at a seasonal nullah located in general area of Killi Musafir, Pishin.
The Rawalpindi ANF arrested Shahbaz Arif, a resident of Sialkot, from New Islamabad International Airport and recovered 198 narco-filled capsules meanwhile 1.05kg heroin was recovered from his suitcase.
In another operation, the Rawalpindi ANF intercepted a car near Burhan Interchange, Attock and recovered 49.2kg hashish, 11.5kg opium and 2.1kg heroin which was concealed in secret cavities of the vehicle. Sughran Mushtaq of Pakpattan was arrested at the spot.
In the third operation, the Rawalpindi ANF intercepted a car at surroundings of Tehzeeb Bakers, G-11 Markaz, Islamabad and recovered 3.3kg hashish.
Two accused present in the vehicle identified as Zafar Shah of Khyber Agency and Muhammad Jawad of Islamabad were arrested.
In the fourth operation, the Rawalpindi ANF arrested a motorcyclist near Al-Huda International School, G-11, Islamabad and recovered 2.4kg hashish from the accused identified as Muhammad Ejaz.
In the fifth operation, the Rawalpindi ANF intercepted another motorcycle in F-11 Markaz of Islamabad and recovered 3.3kg hashish from personal possession of two accused identified as Muhammad Kashif of Gujranwala and Muhammad Nafees of Faisalabad.
The Lahore ANF intercepted an Australia-bound parcel from a private courier office based at Allama Iqbal International Airport and recovered 470g heroin which was concealed in two baby beds.
In another operation, the Lahore ANF intercepted a car at Motorway Toll Plaza, Gojra and recovered 42kg opium.
The operation resulted in the arrest of two accused identified as Naeem Khan and Kamil, both from Swabi. In the third operation, the Lahore ANF intercepted a Truck near Shah Rukn-e-Alam Motorway Interchange, Multan Vehari Road, and recovered 6kg hashish from its secret cavities and arrested two accused, Bashir Khan and Muhammad Yousaf Khan.
In the another strike, the Lahore ANF intercepted a motorcycle near Ghazi Chowk, College Road, Lahore and recovered 10.8kg hashish netting Muhammad Shabir of Lahore.