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Russia may deploy additional drug control officers in Afghanistan

RIA Novosti

12:59 29/10/2010 MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow may send additional drug control officers to Afghanistan, the head of Russia's drug watchdog said on Friday.

"We have made a request to send more Federal Drug Control Service staff to investigate the situation on the ground," Viktor Ivanov said.

Currently two drug monitoring centers are operating in Afghanistan with about 100 U.S. drug control specialists working there.

Ivanov also said that on October 28, Russian and U.S. drug control services carried out a joint anti-narcotics operation in Afghanistan, destroying 4 drug labs and 900 kilograms of heroin. The operation involved 70 personnel, including Russian Drug Control staff, U.S. commandos and Afghan Police.

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