Soldiers uncover $9m worth of drugs in Afghanistan

SOLDIERS in Afghanistan have uncovered a major weapons funding drug factory during a mission to the northern Helmand province.

Five tonnes of morphine base and 4500 litres of morphine solution worth about $9 million was seized and destroyed by members of the Afghan National Security Force, Australian Special Operations Task Group and US Drug Enforcement Administration.

ASOTG Commanding Lieutenant Colonel J said the discovery would severely disrupt two insurgent narcotic networks and impact on the insurgents' ability to "fund their fighting campaign".

He said the Afghan-led operations were critical to future stability in the region.


Road crash rescue heroes up to speed on modern vehicles

Premium Content Road crash rescue heroes up to speed on modern vehicles

Crews are training to keep up to date with vehicle technology

Contractor fined for illegal renovations at holiday home

Premium Content Contractor fined for illegal renovations at holiday home

The East Ballina property was renovated without permission in 2019

We passed your test QLD, now open up

Premium Content We passed your test QLD, now open up

NSW Health Minister says Qld Premier’s approach was “lacking logic”