Soldiers uncover $9m worth of drugs in Afghanistan

SOLDIERS in Afghanistan have uncovered a major weapons funding drug factory during a mission to the northern Helmand province.

Five tonnes of morphine base and 4500 litres of morphine solution worth about $9 million was seized and destroyed by members of the Afghan National Security Force, Australian Special Operations Task Group and US Drug Enforcement Administration.

ASOTG Commanding Lieutenant Colonel J said the discovery would severely disrupt two insurgent narcotic networks and impact on the insurgents' ability to "fund their fighting campaign".

He said the Afghan-led operations were critical to future stability in the region.



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