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Afghanistan: Drug Seizures

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many drug-related seizures have been made in the Helmand province of Afghanistan; and how many drug-related laboratories have been destroyed in the province since the NATO operation commenced. [HL901]

There are no official figures available for the number of seizures and drugs laboratories destroyed in Helmand province. According to the United Nations Development Programme annual report on the Afghan Law and Order Trust Fund for the period 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006, 425 drugs laboratories were destroyed and 165.5 tonnes of drugs were seized nationwide in Afghanistan.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces are authorised to provide training and operational support to Afghan counter narcotics forces. They have not been deployed to take direct action against the drugs trade.