Counter-Terrorism: Six drug traffickers arrested, large quantity of psychotropic drugs seized

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ALGIERS- Detachments of the People’s National Army (ANP) and elements of the National Gendarmerie arrested, in coordination with the National Security services, following two separate operations carried out on Monday in Oum El Bouaghi and Bordj Bou Arreridj, six drug traffickers and seized a large quantity of psychotropic drugs and four tourist vehicles, said on Tuesday a press release from the Ministry of National Defense.

“As part of the fight against smuggling and organized crime, detachments from the National People’s Army and elements of the National Gendarmerie arrested, in coordination with the National Security services, on July 13, 2020, following two separate operations carried out in Oum El Bouaghi and Bordj Bou Arreridj, in the 5th Military Region, six (06) drug traffickers and seized 31,935 psychotropic tablets and four (04) tourist vehicles “, specified the same source.

In the same context, a detachment of the ANP “seized, in Ouargla in the 4th Military Region, one (01) all-terrain vehicle, 2,048 boxes of medicines and 7,200 packets of cigarettes intended for smuggling”, while Cost Guards “seized two (02) means of illegal coral fishing in El-Kala in the 5th Military Region”.

In addition, ANP detachments “apprehended, in Bordj Badji Mokhtar in the 6th Military Region, twenty (20) individuals and seized eight (08) generators and nine (09) jackhammers used in illegal gold panning operations “, while the Coast Guards” thwarted an attempt to smuggle five (05) people aboard a homemade boat in Annaba in the 5th Military Region “.

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