Successes of the Mobile Detection Teams (MDTs) of the Counter-Narcotics Police of Afghanistan


On Monday, 1 September 2014, Badakhshan MDT mounted an operation in Gandom Qol Village, Keshm, Badakhshan to interdict a suspected heroin laboratory.

This operation resulted in a four hour gun battle during which the suspects managed to escape. The laboratory was subsequently dismantled with 300 litres of liquid opium and 70 killogrammes of chemicals being seized along with tools and equipment used in heroin production. The identity of the owner of the laboratory is known to Mobile Detection Teams (MDT) and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. 

No MDT members were injured during this operation which gave officers the opportunity to employ the skills they developed during the Operational Police Tactics Course delivered at the Turkish Academy against Drugs and Organized Crime (TADOC) earlier in the year. This training was organized by UNODC using donor funding.

CNPA Mobile Detection Teams are mentored by UNODC under the Country Programme for Afghanistan AFG/K61 "Law Enforcement" with the financial support of the Governments of Canada and Japan.