4AFCA76C-DB7F-46FE-A4FD-A25B63012E1C_mw800_sAn individual was arrested over drugs smuggling charges from Kabul International Airport on Monday.

The interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said Tuesday that the arrested individual was an Afghan national who was looking to smuggle 854 grams of heroin outside the country.

The statement further added that the smuggler had inserted the heroin filled capsules inside his stomach.

This comes as an Italian citizen was arrested by Afghan security forces on charges of drugs smuggling from Kabul International Airport late in March.

The Italian national was looking to smuggle 1.334 kg of hashish and 24 grams of opium from Kabul International Airport.

Afghanistan has been the greatest illicit opium producer in the entire world and opium production has been on the rise since the US-led invasion in 2001 despite billions have been invested by international community in counter-narcotics projects.

The United Nations office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced in November last year that the opium cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record level.

UNODC officials said over 200,000 hectares of land was planted with the poppy for the first time in Afghanistan, which shows an increase of 36 percent as compared to last year.

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  • Ahmad Shah Ghanizada

    Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.