ALGIERS, June 19 (Xinhua) -- The Algerian Defense Ministry on Monday said army troops managed to seize some 1.4 tons of drugs in two separate operations conducted both in western border of the country.
The source said army troops deployed in the westernmost area of the country, near the border with Morocco intercepted a drug dealer on Sunday, in the border locality of Beni Ounif, in the province of Bechar, southwest of Algeria. The drug dealer was carrying a load of 1.25 tons of narcotics, added the source.
The other operation was carried out in coordination with security forces and border guards in northwest of Tlemcen province, near the border with Morocco, as three drug traffickers were arrested carrying 144 kg weed.
These operations are part of border protection and the fight against organized crime, the source noted.
Earlier on Sunday, Defense Ministry said army troops seized more than half a ton of drugs in the provinces of Tlemcen and Oran, western Algeria.
Western border remains the most drug traffickers' targeted region, as Algeria has been forced to deploy more troops along its closed-border with Morocco, to thwart drug smuggling attempts.