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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Worlds Largest Drug Bust

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Afghan counter-narcotics officials said Wednesday that they uncovered 260 tons of hashish hidden in 6-foot-deep trenches in southern Afghanistan in what one DEA official said appears to be the world's biggest drug bust. The hashish weighed as much as 30 double-decker London buses, ISAF said. The drugs were burned on site. Afghanistan's biggest drug problem is not hashish but opium. The country produced 9,000 tons last year, enough to make over 880 tons of heroin — 93 percent of the world's supply. 

But officials have increased warnings that farmers who no longer grow opium poppies because of successful eradication programs have turned their fields to cannabis, the plant used to produce hashish and marijuana, giving the country a second drug problem to contend with. Forty-three members of the country's counter-narcotics police were killed during eradication operations this spring, he said.

(Not the same drugs, [this is 6 tonnes] so imagine a pile 43 times this size)

Questions that comes to mind:
Where was this hashish destined for?
How do you burn 260 tons of Hashish?
(Some sources say the military bombed the site)
And why would you hide all your 'stash' in one place?

KK
posted by Travis, 9:50 pm

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