Saturday, October 26, 2002
United Press International: Afghan heroin crop spikes this year
posted by lazarus |
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Poppy cultivation increased nearly 19-fold between 2001 and 2002 in Afghanistan, the world's leading exporter of heroin, according to a new U.S. study of poppy cultivation in the post-Taliban state.
According to the new survey, local farmers cultivated approximately 30,759 hectares in 2002, during the peak season for poppy in Afghanistan, the first since the December 2001 Bonn Agreement which established the first interim authority after the Taliban were ousted.
During the same period in 2001, only 1,685 hectares of poppy were cultivated in the last year of the Taliban's rein in the Central Asian state. The 2001 decline was due largely to a ban on poppy cultivation imposed by Taliban leader Mullah Omar in July 2001. snip
But other factors may impede Karzai's government from cracking down on the heroin trade. Indeed, some warlords still influential in Afghanistan have profited in the past from their country's illicit drug trade.
War On Drugs, War On Terror, yeah, this is working out great.