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The Afghan Opium Trade


By jimstaro - Posted on 14 January 2011

And who controls the drug trade, not those street corner sellers nor the ones they work for, it's controlled by wealthy suits around this planet and more lucrative then running corporations or playing craps on wall street!

 

Report: Afghan opium trade flourishing

 

Jan. 14, 2011 - The government of Afghanistan is fighting a losing battle against drugs because of soaring street prices for heroin and opium derivatives , a minister said.

Mohammed Azhar, deputy minister for counter-narcotics, told The Washington Post despite the 10-year occupation by NATO troops fighting the Muslim extremist Taliban and al-Qaida factions, peasant farmers are still growing poppies to feed the drug market.

 

"The price of opium is now seven times higher than wheat, and there is a $58 billion demand for narcotics, so our farmers have no disincentive to cultivate poppy," Azhar said. "We have gotten a lot of help but it is not enough. Afghanistan is still producing 85 percent of the opium in the world, and it is still a dark stain on our name." {continued}

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