islamabad - The anti-narcotics force (ANF) in 12 raids seized drugs worth Rs 1.24 billion and held 14 persons, said the officials yesterday.

The force conducted 12 operations at Rawalpindi, Attok, Lahore, Faisalabad, Nowshehra, DI Khan, Peshawar, Hyderabad, Karachi and Chaghi and seized 725-kg drugs, comprising 78-kg heroin, 600-kg opium, 46-kg hashish and 880-grams methamphetamine and also held 14 persons including a lady involved in drug trafficking. Besides this, the force impounded 5 vehicles. The value of the seized drugs amounts to Rs 1.24 billion in international market, said a press release.

According to details, ANF Rawalpindi road check team stopped a Suzuki pick-up on GT Road and recovered 2.2-kg hashish from personal possession of the person. The ANF Rawalpindi also held another drug carrier along with 2-kg hashish on GT Road, Rawalpindi.

The ANF Peshawar while carrying out routine road check, intercepted a Bedford Truck near Shorkot Stop, DI Khan, and seized 74-kg heroin tactfully concealed in its secret cavities. Two persons on board including a driver of the vehicle have been taken into custody. ANF Peshawar also seized an unattended Toyota Pick-up which was parked at GT Road, Pabbi, Peshawar and recovered 26.4-kg hashish concealed in the vehicle. Furthermore, the ANF Peshawar also arrested three persons including a lady, who were travelling in a passenger van near main Motorway Toll Plaza and recovered 1-kg hashish from their personal possession. In another operation, ANF Peshawar intercepted a Suzuki Mehran car on Ring Road and seized 6-kg hashish concealed under the seats of the car. Two drug carriers identified as Sher Muhammad Khan and Rafi Ullah were also arrested during the operation.

ANF Quetta on an intelligence-based operation at district Chaghi seized 600-kg opium. According to details, ANF team on pursuance of information established a road check near Siah Regh, tehsil Dalbadin, district Chaghi. During course of checking, a Land Cruiser was signalled to stop, however, the persons on board opened fire and managed to escape. The abandoned vehicle was taken into custody, whose search led to seizure of 600-kg opium concealed in the vehicle.

ANF Lahore Airport Team detained a passenger named Kashif Ali Mughal at Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore and recovered 1.28-kg heroin, which was concealed in jewellery display frames. The accused intended to proceed for Colombo by Sri Lankan Airline Flight number MJ-2186. Furthermore, the ANF Lahore road check team during routine checking near main Motorway Toll Plaza, Faisalabad, recovered 6-kg hashish from possession of 2 passengers who were travelling in passenger bus, both persons have been arrested. Yet in another operation, ANF Lahore on pursuance of an information seized 3.2 Kg Heroin from Indian bound goods train at Wagha. Heroin was concealed in the pressure pipes of the train.

ANF Karachi Airport Team detained a passenger at Jinnah International Airport Karachi and recovered 880 grams methamphetamine concealed in his trolley bag. The accused was scheduled to travel for Jeddah by Emirates Airline EK-601. The ANF Karachi also apprehended a local drug peddler from Hyderabad and recovered 2.5-kg hashish from his personal possession. All cases have been registered at respective ANF police stations and further investigations are under way.