Pakistani police officials seized 1.25 tons of refined opium following a heavy gun-battle with suspected traffickers near the border with Afghanistan in southern Baluchistan province, Pakistan's government news agency reported on Tuesday.
Acting on a tip that smugglers were using camels to take the drugs over the Afghan border, Pakistani police staked out a mountain road during the weekend and spotted two heavily armed traffickers unloading narcotics from waiting vehicles.
As they waited for the camels to arrive, the traffickers, who were in Afghanistan, spotted the police authorities, who were in Pakistan, and opened fire, but escaped after a half-hour shootout.
Police seized around 2,500 pounds of refined opium with a street value they estimated $50 million, which the traffickers abandoned at the scene. No arrests were made and there were no reports of injuries.
Moreover, police said the traffickers apparently intended to smuggle the drugs across Pakistan and into Iran. (Albawaba.com)
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