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Pakistan Sets New Records For Drug Busts

May 23, 1993

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) _ Pakistan set a new record for drug seizures this month by confiscating 132,000 pounds of hashish and 440 pounds of heroin in five major hauls, a narcotics official said Sunday.

The estimated street value is about $150 million for the hashish and $170 million for the heroin, said Ershad Hussein of the Pakistan Narcotics Control Board.

Hussein said the increase in seizures mostly reflects an increase in smuggling, much of it from neighboring Afghanistan.

The most recent bust was late Saturday in the remote mountains of southeastern Baluchistan province. Navy officers in three helicopters swooped down on a drug smuggler’s hideout and confiscated a record 88,000 pounds of hashish, Hussein said.

The stored hashish was being readied for shipment out of the country via one of a dozen hidden ports along the coast, he said.

Some Western diplomats question Pakistan’s commitment to fighting drug smuggling largely because it seldom arrests any major drug traffickers.

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