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British troops ‘smuggling heroin’
London, Sept 12 (Agencies):
Published on 12 Sep. 2010 11:21 PM IST
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Military police are investigating claims that British soldiers may have trafficked heroin from Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence said they were aware of “unsubstantiated” claims that troops were using military aircraft to ship the drug out of the country, BBC reported. The inquiry is focusing on British and Canadian service personnel at airports in Camp Bastion and Kandahar.
Security has been tightened, with additional sniffer dogs being used as part of the crackdown at the bases. An MoD Spokeswoman said: “We are aware of these allegations. Although they are unsubstantiated, we take any such reports very seriously and we have already tightened our existing procedures both in Afghanistan and in the UK.
“We regret any inconvenience this causes to our service personnel. Any of our people found to be engaged in trafficking of illegal narcotics will feel the full weight of the law.”
Afghanistan is the source of 90% of the world’s opium.

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