Heroin Interdiction Successes at Kabul International Airport

The Border and Airport Unit of the Counter Narcotic Police of Afghanistan (CNPA), supported by the Aviation Security Unit of Afghanistan Border Police (ABP), at Hamid Karzai International Airport made significant progress in identifying and arresting drug traffickers moving through the airport during the first week of May 2017.

In total, seven traffickers were arrested and over five kilogrammes of heroin was seized (photographs of two of the cases are included). Each of the cases involved "swallowers" with balloons containing the heroin being ingested by the trafficker prior to arriving at the airport. All of the suspects were detained on the Kabul to New Delhi, India route.

The cases are currently under further investigation by CNPA.

Interdiction activities at Hamid Karzai International Airport are supported by UNODC through funding provided by the Governments of Japan and Sweden under the Law Enforcement component of the Country Programme for Afghanistan (AFG/Z87).