KABUL, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan security forces have detained 11 persons for alleged trafficking and holding narcotics in four of the country's 34 provinces within a week, authorities said on Wednesday.
"Counter-Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA) and Afghan security forces have cracked 14 drug cases and captured 11 persons involved in the cases in Kabul, Farah, Nangarhar and Balkh provinces within the past one week," the Counter-Narcotics Criminal Justice Task Force of Afghanistan (CJTF) said in a statement.
They also found and seized narcotics and drugs, including 220 kg heroin and about 5,700 kg opium, from the arrestees beside confiscating a pistol and eight vehicles, the statement added.
After an initial investigation, the cases were handed over to the Central Narcotics Tribunal (CNT), a special Afghan court for jurisdiction of major drug cases, the statement noted.
Some 4,800 tons of opium has been produced in Afghan provinces where government security forces had little presence in 2016, according to Afghan officials.