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Tajikistan Seizes Drugs - 2001-10-31


Russian border guards patrolling the Tajikistan and Afghanistan frontier have seized more than 80 kilograms of heroin.

A borderguard spokesman told Russia's Itar-Tass news agency the troops spotted six smugglers crossing the border into Tajikistan today (Wednesday).

The spokesman said after a brief shootout the smugglers fled back into Afghanistan, leaving their horses and the drugs behind.

Russia has more than 10-thousand troops in Tajikistan to help the former Soviet republic maintain security on its borders. Tajikistan has become a key crossing point for illegal drugs bound for Russia and Europe.

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