News Release
June 13, 2008
Contact: Garrison Courtney

DEA Releases Photos of Record-Breaking Seizure In Afghanistan

JUN 13 -- (Washington, DC) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is releasing photos today of the record-breaking hashish seizures in Afghanistan which occurred on June 9, 2008.

Hashish located in underground bunkers.
Hashish located in underground bunkers.

The 262-ton hashish seizure is the largest of any known drug seizure. Operation Albatross was a result of the joint effort between the Government Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and DEA’s Foreign-Deployed Advisory and Support Teams (FAST). Operation Albatross was also supported by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization International Security Assistance Force (NATO-ISAF), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of State.

Search warrants were executed on five narcotics super-labs and numerous underground drug-bunkers in Spin Boldak, located in Kandahar Province. The search warrants were served in Taliban-controlled areas of the region. Twelve suspects were also arrested during Operation Albatross.

DEA re-established its office in Afghanistan in 2002. DEA is involved in; training and assisting Afghan law enforcement officials in interdiction techniques, law enforcement methodology and investigative practices. DEA’s joint operations assist the Afghanistan Government in stabilizing the rule of law and enhancing the operational capabilities of their law enforcement personnel.