Two citizens of Afghanistan have been detained in Khatlon province with a large amount of narcotic drugs.

The press center of the Sughd police directorate says they have been detained at the Tajik-Afghan border in Khatlon’s Hamadoni district on the basis of operational information received by the Khujand police department. 

The detainees – the 48-year-old Islam waladi Juraboltu and the 29-year-old Murad Habibrahman waladi Mohamadali (both are residents of Afghanistan Takhar province) – reportedly turned out to be members of transnational criminal group.

More than 92 kilograms of narcotic drugs have been confiscated from them.  A totaled included 79.15 kilograms of raw opium and 13.70 kilograms of hashish.

Criminal proceedings have been instituted against them under the provisions of Article 200 (4) of Tajikistan’s Penal Code – drug trafficking; this article provides for punishment of up to 20 years in prison.  An investigation is under way.