KABUL: Afghan police have seized more than half a tonne of heroin and opium in the eastern province of Nangarhar, the interior ministry said Wednesday.
In the biggest seizure in months, anti-drug police found 400 kilograms of heroin on Tuesday and detained an armed man linked to the drugs, the ministry said in a statement. It did not give further details... (More below)
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Nearly 250 kilograms of opium - the raw ingredient to make heroin - was seized in a separate raid in the same province, the statement said. More than 20 kilos of chemicals used in making heroin were also seized, it added.
Afghanistan produces more than 90 percent of the world’s opium. Despite internationally backed efforts to cut the drugs trade, Afghanistan’s opium production grew by 34 percent in 2007, according to a UN survey. Read more -afp
No wonder this remains the weakest link in the Middle East!
But it wouldn't be if this was a 'state-of-the-art' Arab- Research and Medical Pharmaceutical 'Processing Plant'! The entire Arab Fold should take this situation to a whole new level, by negotiating with Afghan farmers & tribes of the region, while restoring the rich history of Ancient Arab Scientists who revealed its legitimate MEDICINAL PROPERTIES ...
They could also save millions of lives & stop Taliban terror roots by cutting-off the funnel of terror associated with this illicit Drug trade ! Militant Groups promote addiction (against Islam) in order to keep this illicit trade in-tact!