Azerbaijan, Lankaran, 9 April / Trend corr. P.Aliyeva / In 2008, illegal drug trafficking has increased in the southern region of Azerbaijan.
The Central Department of Internal Ministry on Struggle against Drug Trafficking reported to Trend that 24 illegal drug trafficking facts have been registered and 26kg of drugs were seized in the southern region in the first quarter of 2008. During the same period in 2007, only 14kg of drugs were seized
Fifteen registered crimes were connected with the sale and storage of the drugs. About 1kg of opium, 10kg hashish and more than 5kg of heroine has been seized. Sixteen persons, connected with drug trafficking, were brought to court.