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Opium, Cash Seized in Afghan Province

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2005 – U.S. officials at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, said the Ghazni provincial police seized 237 kilograms of opium May 4 and arrested four individuals involved in drug trafficking. The traffickers were also carrying large sums of Afghan, Pakistani, U.S., United Arab Emirates and Kuwaiti currency.

Gen. Abdul Rahman Sarjang, chief of the Ghazni provincial police force, reported he had been offered a bribe of $15,000 to release the individuals and the drugs, but he refused.

Ghazni provincial Gov. Haji Asadullah said he was discussing who would destroy the drugs with the Ministry of the Interior. He said the destruction of the drugs would be recognized in a ceremony to symbolize the efforts of Rahman and the Ghazni police to rid the province of illegal drugs.

(Compiled from a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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