Barrels of morphine solution and a drug press found during an Afghan National Security Force and International Security Assistance Force operation in Helmand Province. ANSF and ISAF elements have uncovered narcotics labs in Helmand Province, containining drug manufacturing ingredients to make heroin with a street value of more than $350 million (US).
KABUL, Afghanistan – Combined Afghan and coalition security forces conducted a major narcotics seizure in Baghran district, Helmand province, Monday, 26 September.
The narcotics seizure is reportedly the largest ever made by combined forces in Afghanistan.
The combined force, acting on intelligence, targeted an area believed to be manufacturing drugs used to finance lethal aid for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The security force discovered three narcotics laboratories containing drugs with an estimated street value in excess of $350 million (USD).
The combined security force destroyed the narcotics labs, along with approximately 1,815 gallons (6,870 L) of morphine solution, 220 pounds (100 kgs) of heroin, 176 pounds (80 kgs) of opium, 26,543 pounds (12,065 kgs) of chemicals used to process narcotics and a quantity of drug processing equipment.
"This operation will disrupt the enemies' ability to facilitate attacks against the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” said Maj. Gen. James B. Laster, head of Joint Operations at ISAF Joint Command. "We are committed to ensuring a more secure and stable future for the people of Afghanistan.”