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10 TONS OF HASHISH SEIZED IN PAKISTAN DRUG BUST

In a drug bust touted as the biggest in Pakistan's history, 10 tons of hashish were seized and three men arrested, officials said Friday.

Acting on a tip, the Federal Investigation Agency uncovered some of the hashish Wednesday when a truck pulled into a customs post in the eastern city of Lahore, said Ahmed Riaz Sheikh, the agency's deputy director.The narcotics, in small packages tucked inside cotton bales, were destined for the Netherlands, Sheikh said.

After searching the first truck, authorities found hashish in two more trucks stopped outside the central city of Multan, 310 miles southwest of Lahore.

The drugs came from western Pakistan and were packed at a cotton factory before being placed in the trucks, Sheikh said.

The Associated Press of Pakistan, the national news agency, said the drug seizure was the biggest ever in Pakistan, which has become a major drug exporter in recent years.