Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran join drug crackdown

Date of Publication : Thursday 12 March 2009 06:56
VIENNA – The UN drugs agency says Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan have carried out their first joint counter narcotics operation. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime hailed the operation as the first to pull together the rival neighbors. Agency chief Antonio Maria Costa says the operation sent "a very important political message" to drug traffickers across the region. UN officials told The Associated Press Wednesday that narcotics were seized and traffickers arrested in Sunday's operation. Officials said the operation was carried along Iran's borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan. They said the three countries shared intelligence and carried out joint patrols. It was not clear how much drugs were seized or the number of people arrested.
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