More than 3,130 kilogrammes of drugs, including 180 kilogrammes of heroin, were detained at the Tajik-Afghan border in the year 2000, reported a spokesman for the Russian Federal Borderguard Service. According to the data from the Russian borderguards, illegal trafficking of drug-containing substances across the Tajik-Afghan border is practically always covered by armed associates of drug couriers. The Russian FBS reported that last year seven Russian borderguards serving in the Republic of Tajikistan were wounded and four were killed. In the first three months of 2001, Russian borderguard units were shelled at eight times, and thirteen times they had to engage in battles with drug smugglers, pointed out the Russian Federal Borderguard Service spokesman.
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