Detachments of the People’s National Army managed, in separate operations across the national territory carried out from 6 to 12 April, to arrest 16 elements of support for terrorist groups and 33 drug dealers, according to a statement issued today, Wednesday, by the Ministry of National Defense.
The same source indicated that “as part of the continuous efforts undertaken to fight terrorism and organized crime in all its forms, units and detachments of the People’s National Army carried out, during the period from 06 to 12 April 2022, many operations that yielded qualitative results reflecting the extent of high professionalism, vigilance and constant readiness of our armed forces throughout the national territory.”
As part of the operations aimed at “fighting organized crime and in continuation of the relentless efforts to combat the scourge of drug trafficking in our country, joint detachments of the National People’s Army, in coordination with various security services, arrested 17 drug dealers and thwarted attempts to smuggle in large quantities of drugs estimated at 9 quintals and 13 kilograms of treated cannabis across the border with Morocco, while 16 other drug dealers were arrested and 64 kilograms of the same substance were seized, in addition to 97,370 hallucinogenic tablets during various operations across other military regions.
Meanwhile, “Detachments of the National People’s Army in Tamanrasset, Bordj Badji Mokhtar, Ain Ghezzam, Djanet and Tindouf, arrested 56 people and seized 12 vehicles, 83 generators, 53 pressure hammers, and two (02) metal detection devices, quantities of explosives, detonation equipment and other equipment used in illegal gold mining operation, while two (02) people were arrested in possession of two (02) hunting rifles in Tebessa and El-Oued.
In a related context, “border guards thwarted attempts to smuggle large quantities of fuel, estimated at 71,311 liters, in Tebessa, El Tarf, Souk Ahras, Bordj Badji Mokhtar and El-Oued, while 45 illegal immigrants of different nationalities were arrested in Bechar, Menea, Tlemcen, and Ain Amenas.”