First-ever joint mission for DEA, Afghan, and Russian drug agents nets nearly one metric ton of drugs
OCT 29 -- A multinational DEA operation led to the seizure of $55.9 million in heroin at four clandestine laboratories located in
. The nearly one metric ton of narcotics was seized as a result of a large-scale joint narcotics enforcement operation by DEA, Afghan, and Russian anti-drug agents in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan . Afghanistan
Members of the
military’s 101st Airborne Division, along with ISAF, took part in “Operation Tar Pit.” U.S.
Acting on DEA intelligence, the multinational task force was able to identify a major clandestine heroin laboratory in the
of the Achin District. Upon arrival at the site, agents discovered three additional labs hidden by vegetation. Evidence collected confirmed that all of the labs were actively producing heroin and morphine. Zerasari Village
“Thanks to the close cooperation among DEA, Afghan, and Russian anti-drug personnel as well as U.S. Military and ISAF in
, one metric ton of heroin was seized from four clandestine laboratories along with various precursor chemicals. Operation Tar Pit was a significant enforcement success due to the fearsome force multiplier arrayed against the narco-traffickers and insurgents,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “This nearly $60 million worth of heroin seized in Afghanistan will never find its way to vulnerable communities around the world.” Afghanistan
In addition to 932 kilograms of heroin and 156 kilograms of opium seized, the following precursor chemicals and materials were also confiscated: 10 liters of acetic anhydride, 15 kilograms of ammonium chloride, 10 kilograms of soda ash, 40 kilograms of charcoal, two mechanical heroin presses, three metal industrial cooking vats, and 500 feet of plastic irrigation equipment.
An investigation into the drug trafficking organization responsible for operating the clandestine heroin labs is ongoing.