Uzbekistan seizes 90 kilos of heroin: official

27th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Uzbekistan has seized 90 kilogrammes of heroin bound for Russia in the ancient town of Samarkand in its largest haul of the drug in recent years, the National Security Service said Wednesday.

The drugs were hidden on the outskirts of ancient Silk Road town inside 10 bags of onions packed in a boot of an expensive foreign made car, it said in a statement.

A man and his son, who tried to ship the drugs from Tajikistan to Russia, and also a woman from Samarkand, who the authorities say was a key accomplice, were arrested, the statement said without giving the names.

Uzbekistan borders war-ravaged Afghanistan, the world's biggest producer of opium and heroin, and Tajikistan, one of the key routes for shipping illegal drugs into Russia and western Europe.

Security forces in Uzbekistan, ex-Soviet Central Asia's most populous country, has seen a continuous increase in overall drug seizures over the last eight years, according to the United Nations.

© 2011 AFP

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