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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

General: Tajik Drug Traffic Increasing

The commander of Russia's border guards on Monday reported an alarming rise in drug trafficking across the Tajik-Afghan border.

General Andrei Nikolayev said the scale of drug trafficking in Tajikistan, a poor former-Soviet Central Asian republic, could destabilize "not only that region but the entire world community," Itar-Tass reported.

Nikolayev's troops are helping the Tajik government guard the border with Afghanistan against frequent incursions by drug and arms dealers and fundamentalist Moslem guerrillas.

Nikolayev said Russian soldiers on the border have confiscated 2.1 metric tons of drugs so far this year, compared to 1.7 tons in 1995.

The general said "international mafia structures" also are trying to transport drugs through the Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, where authorities and border guards this year confiscated 1 ton of drugs, mostly raw opium.