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Czech woman detained at Pakistani airport with nine kg of heroin

ČTK |
11 January 2018

Prague/Lahore, Pakistan, Jan 10 (CTK) - A Czech woman, 21, was detained at an airport in the Pakistani city of Lahore smuggling nine kilos of heroin on Wednesday, the Czech Foreign Affairs Ministry has confirmed the information of the Pakistani TV Geo informed.

According to TV Geo, she was heading for Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

"The woman is being interrogated by the customs officers at the airport. According to our information, she should then be handed over for further investigation to a special anti-drug authority," the ministry's spokeswoman Irena Valentova told CTK.

Valentova also said they had not received a request for assistance in the case so far.

The Czech Republic has a honorary consul in Lahore, with whom the Czech embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, is in touch. According to Valentova, the consul has sent two assistants to the airport to find out more information.

The Czech woman had a three-month visa issued on November 15, which permitted her to stay in the country until February 14.

The Pakistani customs authority has stated that raids are being currently carried out by security forces in different parts of Lahore based on the information from the detained Czech.

Afghanistan, neighbouring Pakistan, is the world's number one producer of opium, the raw material for the production of heroin. According to the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), large quantities of Afghan opiates are smuggled via Pakistan to the markets in Europe and Asia.

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