Police have started a serious fight against drug dealers in Kabul city, the Afghan Ministry of Interior said on Friday.
According to the ministry, police have made “good progress” over the past few days.
This comes a day after Mia Ahmad Ahmadi, director of counter-narcotics, was detained by the Kabul Police Command along with five other senior staff members on charges of "drug distribution.”
Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said that the recent arrests were part of the ministry’s anti-drug operation.
“They were distributing drugs in all police stations in Kabul city and were collecting levies from the dealers. The minister of interior gave a two-month deadline to other relevant bodies to identify major drug dealers,” said Rahimi.
Pul-e-Sokhta, in PD6 of Kabul, is one of the places where drug dealers sell drugs to those suffering from addiction.
Humanyoun is one of the addicts who has used heroin for fifteen years.
“The police station is located only 500 meters away from here, how it is possible? I am nervous to say it: police come and beat the addicts and do nothing with the drug dealers,” he said.
“Drug dealers come and sell, no one is there to prevent them,” said Mohammad Aman Sangari, a resident in Kabul.
Afghanistan is one of the largest drug producers in the world.
Based on the statistics, there are more than 3 million addicts in the country, which is 10 percent of the overall population, based on some population estimates.