June 17th, 2010
08:27 AM ET

False truck floor reveals opium stash

In the Garmser District of Helmand province, a NATO International Security Assistance Force patrol found 450 kilograms of opium in a truck and detained the driver and a passenger.

The drugs were "hidden under a false floor in a truck after the driver tried to avoid a vehicle checkpoint," ISAF said Thursday.

The patrol also found a kilogram of amphetamines on a farm tractor and detained several people "who tested positive for using the drug."

Militants use the drug trade to fund their activities.

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  1. Cheryl

    I think you have a very good idea. I wish we could all work together for peaceful solutions. Maybe that would reduce suffering, hatred and violence.

    June 24, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    The US GAO has on public record American Taxpayer money was used to provide TRUCKS used specifically to transport Opium-Heroin out of Afghanistan. So much for America's Failed War on drugs and America's leaders ethics, morals and sense of even remotely speaking the truth.

    June 22, 2010 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Carlton

    I'm not advocating a free for all policy of taking as much heroin as you can but why differentiate between dia-cetyl morphine and alcohol, both equally addictive but the latter far more disastrous to the user. In fact heroin is rather benign to the body, it's just the way it is consumed where the problems manifest. I am perfectly lucid and don't see why I can't use heroin if I should so wish. It's all about taking responsibility for your own actions. Remember the mantra of the western world? Yeah, that's right – liberty!

    June 21, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Carlton

    Heroin, possibly the only viable export the nation of Afghanistan has to off er and if we believe in free market economies (like the US and Europe supposedly does) then we should be encouraging them to to produce more. However, our politicians are too scared to even mention legalizing drugs, so we are left with substandard heroin on our streets that possibly causes more problems to health and environment than the genuine product.

    June 21, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. YEYE Donnie

    i been on Methadone for over 5 years for prostate cancer from exposeure to AGENT ORANGE while i was in Vietnam in '67 68 it is my "Wonder Drug" Law Enforcement keeps talking about the "Drug Problem" if you want to solve the problem Leagelize Drugs! then there will be no problem America is a nation of educated idiots they can't see the forest for all those danm trees!! yeye

    June 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. FatLazyIgnorantSUVDrivingPigAmericanIdiot

    Those drugs were meant for our troops, dammit.

    June 20, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Common Sense

    Wait a minute; these drugs were put in this earth for many different reasons. First, all dugs are for the entertainment of the people, Second, the medical advantages of helping to reduce pain, healing, recovery of illness, and ease of death. Third, to assist in reaching the promise land of peace and tranquility, Fourth, to provide enjoyment for users, employment for dealers, and revenue for the justice system.

    If God thought the drugs were bad then no drugs would have been created. Be easy, do your thing, and enjoy the pleasures offered by Heaven. Who would want to live on a boring, killing planet anyway? Were any of you asked to come here, or are you all here by force. Live and let live; die and let die.

    June 20, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Carlton

    When will western governments comprehend their archaic drug laws merely inflate the prices of a commodity that is virtually worthless were it not for the black market value it commands. Bankrolling the Al Capones of today of enormous tax free loot, millions spent in law enforcement yet more narcotic drugs available on western streets than ever! Yeah, really sensible ways of spending state revenues and resources on a war that was lost before it began!

    June 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mindthief

    Elvis was an 'honorary' agent of DEA, shook hands with Nixon, who invented the agency, and after playing a South America Tour had four 747's not get searched by customs upon return to the U.S..Anyone recall waht happened to the price of coke in the year that followed?

    June 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • LLBD

      I don't remember the price of coke that year, but I can tell you – Elvis died of an overdose.

      June 18, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Travis

    Iraq Paramedic, There is no medical benefit to Marijuana. Drug dealers and smugglers deserve nothing less then to be executed, Anyone who has a grow-op deserves to be executed. recreational drug users need to take some responsibility for the mess they cause in society for getting some thrills.

    June 17, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cancervictim's wife

      If you saw what the "legal" opium drugs such as Vicodin or Oxycodone do to cancer patients who need them for pain, you would not say marijuana has no medical benefit. Marijuana provides serious pain relief without side effects. My husband has bone cancer and could not live without it – because codeine medications ruin your life with addiction, constipation, nightmares, muscle cramps, sleeplessness – you name it. He was not a human being on codeine meds, he is his sweet self on marijuana when he gets pain relief.

      June 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crom

      Your are so wrong with that statement that it only tells me you are ignorant to the pro's and con's of Pot.

      June 18, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Crom

        hmm that comment was for Richard ... not sure why it showed up here... I didnt click on this button.

        June 18, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
      • Crom

        err Travis LOL

        June 18, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • LLBD

      Travis – Iraq Paramedic – Let me see – first name is Americanized, paramedic, trained in the Army – so therefore you are told by the Army that Marijuana has no medical benefit. You believe everything you're told in the Army. Hope you have a mind of your own and can discern propaganda from the truth.

      June 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • MaryM

        If you think the Army brainwashes people you are sorely mistaken. If that were true people would never get out. Stop being the stereotypical American and making baseless accusations. Also, it is a fact that illegal drug use perpetuates violence in this country and the countries that are illegally manufacturing it. exhibit A: Mexico and Columbia. Facts don't lie.

        June 21, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
      • SomeThought

        I don’t know what sounds sillier. That people think we can outlaw drugs and succeed or that you can guilt drug users into stopping due to the violence caused from the supply side of the relationship. If you want to KILL the illegal drug trade, the best way to do that is to legalize 90% of the drugs on the list and divert the $450 billion a year spent on imprisoning 2.3 million non-violent drug offenders and for-profit enforcement by agencies like the DEA. Put $250 Billion into treatment and education based on facts and at least gather tax revenue from consumption. Did we learn nothing from the Prohibition Era?

        June 21, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • maverickusa1

      so in other words, just kill all of them is your solution? may God help us.

      June 19, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • SOD 369

      Travis. How come it is always people like you, who have never tried marijuana or been around it, that always say stupid things? You are COMPLETELY wrong. I cannot put in words how amazed and shocked I am by people like you. I cannot believe that in this day and age such ignorance still exists. No word can explain the asininity of your thinking. Go and get a real education please, and stop ASSUMING things, get the facts bud. I am sure I am not the only one that is alarmed by such absurdity.

      June 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • SOD 369

      Travis: Actually, it is people like you that profusely deserve to be put to death.

      June 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • MaryM

        Your declaration is full of incorrect usage of the English language; congrats you sound like a moron.

        June 21, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • andrew

      There are medicinal properties found in Cannibis. Which is why medicial marijuana is legal in 14 states, and growing. Do yourself a favor....READ MORE BOOKS, educate yourself. It will save you sounding like a pompass 14 year old boy.

      June 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Iraq Paramedic

    Instead of destroying all the opium, which is used to make legal pain medicine, help these people get it to the pharmaceutical companies who pay legaly more than the illegal drug dealers. Marijauna is legal in quite a few countries around the world so why are they not putting these farmers in touch with them. That is more than half your problem solved right there, add in the natural minerals they have & there is no reason you can not turn that country into a peacefull & prosperous land.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Medic300107

      The only reason I can see them not doing that is you can't guarantee purity of either drug. Maybe it's cut with something, maybe not. Probably more expensive to test it all, and then try to get the good stuff to those countries than to just destroy it. That would be my guess at least.

      June 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • richard w.

      you are an idiot. pharmasutical companies have access to tons of this maaterial..

      June 18, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Bryce

        Dude, you missed his point.

        June 18, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl

      I think you have a very good idea. I wish people would look for more peaceful solutions ....... maybe that would reduce suffering, hatred and violence.

      June 24, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |