A member of Uzbekistan's national security service, the SNB, stands guard during an operation to destroy drugs at a metallurgical plant outside the capital Tashkent, Uzbekistan, June 25, 2015. REUTERS/Muhammadsharif Mamatkulov
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Drug enforcement officers in Uzbekistan burned 1.4 tonnes of drugs Thursday, as Central Asia's most populous nation fights to stem the flow of narcotics from neighboring Afghanistan to Russia and further on to Europe.Heaps of drugs, including 133.3 kilos of heroin and 775 kilos of opium, were incinerated in a furnace at a metallurgical plant outside the Uzbek capital Tashkent before an audience of diplomats, workers at international organizations and reporters.The drugs had already been used as evidence against drugs traffickers at their trials, according to Uzbek officials.In 2014 Uzbek security services seized 2,298 kilos of drugs following a similar haul in 2013 . Uzbek drug enforcers have incinerated 54 tons of drugs since 1994 .
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