April 28th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

2 tons of opium confiscated

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan authorities on Wednesday seized more than two tons of opium during a patrol, officials said.

The huge cache of drugs was found in the Reg-e Khan Heshin district of Helmand province, according to a news release.

A joint Afghan-international patrol approached several vehicles whose drivers attempted to flee, authorities said.

One of the vehicles became stuck in the sand. Inside, the Afghan Border Police found 4,600 pounds (2,090 kilograms) of raw opium and approximately 24 pounds (11 kilograms) of a substance believed to be heroin.

Authorities also confiscated a satellite phone and a two-way radio. Two men were arrested for possession of the drugs, the news release said.

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  1. marcus andervittle

    Arguing on a mainstream news comment box is hardcore duders

    April 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Janice

    Arguing on the internet is like running in the special olympics. Even if you win,
    you are both retarded.

    Kyle has decided that anyone that disagrees is stoned. Not particularly
    well reasoned, but... well that is the color of his sky. Just not sure what
    planet he is on.

    I personally favor removing helmet laws, and seatbelt laws, and drug laws,
    and warning labels on scalding hot coffee.. And let natural selection take
    its course. You can put the pole back under the basket for basketball too.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. monkey see monkey do

    to those of you who engage with ilk who waste air like our little friend Kylie..."never argue with a FOOL for people might not be able to tell the difference...."

    April 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. marcus andervittle

    They grew other crops until their worth was zero. the only crop they can grow to make money is opium. Ask any farmer there directly

    April 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazz Joe

    yes a grown man with no brain cells left get a life

    April 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazz Joe


    April 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazz Joe

    Kyle is it past your bed time num nutts

    April 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shoe

    @ Kyle: You presume that I am a drug user and you presume that I am supporting drug use. Where are your facts? You are getting nowhere by name calling...especially over the internet.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fred

    No sir, they don't. Not even close. Keep up with your juvenile rantings. It's quite humorous. You lost this fight long ago, but like that little yappy dog that doesn't know when to shut up you keep going and going. It's really kind of pathetic.

    You might want to change your terminology a bit though. If you have ever drank anything with caffeine, used any tobacco products, or taking any OTC or prescription medication, you too are a drug user.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rachael

    kyle you are the biggest idiot i have ever heard of. just give it a rest and please let the adults talk. you are completely annoying. so pull that d**k out of your ass and go to bed. isnt it way passed your bedtime? i know my 8 yr. old cousin is already knocked out.

    on another note in 1996 the CIA brought at least 1 ton of almost pure cocaine into the US using the miami international airport. they later claimed to be doing it to gather information about Columbian drug lords, but the cocaine was later seen being sold on the streets of america. so yet again the CIA has been profiting from illegal transactions.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fred

    Kyle, you really need to stop. You aren't making yourself look ANY better or intelligent here. The more you talk, the more I start to wonder if you aren't indeed 13, and mentally deficient at that. You have no argument here, no facts, and no clue what you are debating here. You should do a little research.

    As I said before, I will gladly put myself in the "stoner" category with the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Not bad company really.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shoe

    @ Kyle. Do you realize you are just making yourself look more and more ignorant with every post?

    April 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Diealer

    Hey Joseph, Kyle's probably a loser? There's no probably about it, his loser credentials are all over this thread. Double digit IQ at best.

    Kyle your mommy is calling...

    April 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lee

    They act like it is a big deal. There's plenty more where that came from and with surity we have just made more enemies as this probably destroyed a number of person's liveihood for the year. If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then our law enforcement approach to drugs is about the most insane thing we do.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fred

    Marijuana is illegal because

    "William Randolf Hearst used his influence to outlaw hemp, using cannabis as a jumping-off point for stirring debate throughout the country over its uses. But don't think Hearst did this because he was pure or concerned for public welfare. The real reason why he stood opposed to marijuana is because hemp was far cheaper for printing paper than timber, and Hearst owned a number of lumber mills."


    It's also kept illegal by the pharmaceutical industry that understands this natural plant helps with MANY ailments that they are using man made chemicals to treat.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Shoe

    Interesting how all these "stoners" out there are more aware of this situation and have more factual information to present compared to the "I will kick your ass" type of comments from the ignorant people. Keep up the good fight.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  17. joseph

    One more comment before I clock out:

    Clint- Cali's doing it for tax's yes.. but also because there's no point in having it illegal. No one has died from it, it makes billions of dollars, and well people are more friendly with it. If you have tobacco and alcohol legal, then why not a herb? It's mother nature's own plant. It was here before humans were.

    kyle- goto bed its past ur bedtime. Your mom would tuck u in, but her mouths full at the moment

    April 28, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  18. rachael

    miss discipline you are totally right. but more than that what other choice do they have? america has more opportunities than they do. i have seen how people live in many third world countries and it is depressing seeing what they must do to survive. but isnt that why we went to the middle east in the first place? to help them have a better life and build their country to one day be able to stand on its own.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  19. joseph

    @ kyle: your comebacks are lame, your lame, and need to stop being an internet nerd. You prolly a loser who has no job, no friends, no life

    April 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. joseph

    Clint- Actually when high, a person can function just as well as someone who doesn't smoke at all. Theirs actually a lot of studies and researches from universitys on the effects of marijuana which end up postive. The truth is out their, just takes research my friend. Hemp is actually a high source of protein, and hemp users tend to live longer than those who don't. Research for college essays can teach you a lot lol.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Clint

    Cali's doing it for taxation purposes.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Miss Discipline

    I watched a documentary not long ago and it showed the life of the people there and how most are drug addicts. They are very poor and opium is plentiful so in order to not feel hunger and depression everyday because of how they have to live the opium takes this pain away. It was sad and a lot of people there would welcome change but feel helpless. That's one reason it is so easy for terrorists to get in. Watch more foreign films and documentaries with subtitles, they will open your eyes to the world.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  23. joseph

    lamo do you know why it's illegal? I bet you don't. Because one, it cropped to much money and took away from other business. 2 because the segration period blamed it for making african americans acting all crazy. 3) because they gave a monkey 30 joints of smoke within 6 minutes and it killed brain cells which lead to the monkeys death. Any humam with a degree could tell u that after 4 minutes without oxygen your brain cells start dying and your body shuts down so that study was later proved false. If it's so horrible why is their medical uses for the drug? Why is Cali about to legalize it within their state and claim state rights? You need schooling and some friends

    April 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Clint

    I was talking about the Opiates in the article not the weed comment. Also, marijuana is still largely unstudied. Once we see legalization we will have more research on it's effect just like alcohol and cigaretter use. So, far the only thing I have seen from marijuana use is psychosis, and people getting fired from jobs because they aren't doing their jobs because they're high.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Reema

    hey you Dumb @holes that are getting off topic and talking trash about muslims... shut the hell up... stupid racist mofos.. we rule the world...

    April 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Monica

    To Kyle, next time you intend to use the "druggie" argument make sure your not using alcohol, tobacco, coffee or aspirin.


    April 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Blamer

    The reason drugs are such a problem on so many levels is that they are so profitable. That's because Americans are willing to buy them.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  28. joseph

    clint- I'm talking about weed. Zero deaths have occured from it and never will. Only way a person can die from a weed over dose is smoking their body weight which is virtually impossible because you'll fall asleep by then and wake up hungry and happy. Only other way is to smoke for 6 minutes straight with no oxygen intake which would kill you regardless of what you intake since their is no oxygen in the blood.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  29. rachael

    actually kyle if you listened... im in the navy and it is mandatory for random drug tests each and every day so i were really a druggie how could i be fighting for this country? enjoy your idiocy cuz obviously you have nothing better to do with your life than interupt adults when they are talking. you are like an annoying little kid who keeps saying " mommy, mommy i want that!" go grow up.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  30. b3089j

    I say we send some of that opium to Arizona, and feed it to the governor...Maybe with the help of heroin she will clearer, and understand the reality of the bullshit she created by signing that racially profiling law!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  31. joseph

    lol what lies? it's all been proved by scientist at major research facilities. The only lies is the propaganda that the media spreads to idoits like you.

    It's ok though, I got your mom rolling up for me.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Clint

    I have done crisis intervention services (social work) for about two years now. I would say that 90% of the people that I see at homes, ER's, or jail are drug related. In North Texas a lot of people do NOT get in trouble for being high, in fact, I get called out because they are behaving "psychotically" and "causing trouble." Instead of going to jail they get released because the jails are full of drug users and they go home and assault their family, burn down their houses, and drive down the highway the wrong way. Drug use especially hard drugs have real life consequences. I have worked with families who's son/daughter couldn't kick the habit and OD'd/died. The problem, and yes drug use is a problem, is not as simple as legalization or abstinence. Yes I have learned the opiates, per se , do not kill you, but it is the suffocation that occurs from when opiates depress the respiratory system. Just because a coroner chooses to say "respiratory failure" instead of "drug overdose" does not mean that drugs were not a part of the person's death, for example.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  33. joseph

    Also you blabber were ruining our lifes when caffiene, alcohol and tobbacco kill more people alone then the amount of people who smoke weed. While tobbacco users and alcohol users are killing their body, I'm enjoying my life with out any consequences. Funny it's been proved weed helps cancer, doesn't kill brain cells and helps with pain, even helps people eat with sore stomachs.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  34. joseph

    lol kyle you say "you stoners" to everyone who proves you wrong. You musty not know that someone who smokes can function just as good as someone who doesn't. You must also not know that, some people, when high actually concentrate and pay more attention to details then those who don't.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  35. rachael

    i just want to say that as a 21 year old in the navy i know about a lot of what is being said here. and regardless of what anybody thinks whether we legalize drugs or not your children will find them one way or another. and as of now there are more people dying as first time users so maybe legallizing it would make sense... at least with that way we might lower dealths due to the fact that most people do it for the thrill. look at the positive side of it... taxing drugs just as much as tobacco or alcohol could greatly increase our economy and provide a better living for america, granted it will not help the situation overseas a whole lot but as a world power we do set the bar for other countries who might get the hint. and kyle go ahead and tell me im a druggie... i have a job and i protect your dumbass so you can sit on a computer all night and make empty threats to people you will never meet.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Diealer

    Hey Kyle you moron... the CIAs involvement in drug dealing at the end of the Vietnam conflict is well documented and part of the congressional record, but you're an idiot so I don't suppose you will do the research to find the truth. Crawl back in your hole brainless punk.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Ewe Knowho

    That'd be like seizing two tons of sugar, really. Yay, you got two tons, but hundreds more got through. The war on drugs is just a huge money sink. Regulate it, and worry about something more impotant...like hunger.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  38. joseph

    Kyle-its funny you say we are ruining our health but no one has ever died from weed period. Not one single person on this planet since the B.C. days has anyone died from weed. You respond with one word come backs that sound so lame my little brother who is 7 laughs at you. Stop trying to be Mr. Right when you have no stats, arguement, or brain.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Lee

    @ Kyle
    we all hope you stick to your guns and say no when you or a family member is dying of cancer and/or other disease – and are in need of a optoid type or other drug to make you (them)comfortable before death.
    you should think before you post your moronic comments about junkies
    stop your fishing

    April 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Dan

    Kyles an alcaholic with Korsicoff syndrome. His brain is rattleing inside his skull because it has shrunk from too much booze.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Marsella


    This documentary shows CIA bringing cocaine into the US! Banned by US media and undoubtedly this will soon be pulled from comments

    April 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  42. the smarter kyle


    just stop, what the hell is even your argument? that you know how to type or what? no facts i have seen on your comments. pick up a damn book and learn YOUR history (i bet you think america was founded by christopher columbus right? and the original settlers (with their genocidal ways) were buddy buddy with the native americans) then come back to the blog...and try this whole thing again, now excuse me while i light this blunt

    peace fam

    April 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Semiller

    It seems silly to me to employ the same drug war strategies in Afghanistan that have so obviously failed us here in the US. The bulk of prescription pain killers in America and Europe are derived from natural opium poppies. Doesn't it make more sense to just purchase the opium from these farmers, thus making them our allies rather than confiscating it and turning them against us?

    April 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Fred

    I've never denied being a stoner. You seem to be stuck on that point. I'm starting to think you aren't really 13, just a little slow upstairs. So I apologize for my insults. I would never want to disparage someone with developmental disabilities such as yourself. My apologies. Good day.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Dan

    Statistic show that everyone that wants to do drugs does so already, and by legalizing them it would in no way increase the use of them.

    No one is waiting for them to legalize drugs so they can start using them.

    To the person that proffered the argument that people that want to legalize drugs should give them to their children is just way off base. I have heard this time and again. We have laws in this country that protect children from using the harmful substances that ARE legal now. I don't know anyone saying we should give our kids booze because its legal. Or cigarettes. Or pornography. Or driving.

    But you can bet that children do all those thing, if they want to, and they have no adults in their lives that care.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Fred

    Wow, and actual argument from you Kyle. I'm so impressed! (They grow up so fast, right before your eyes sometimes) I care greatly about the law, which is why I'm working to change it. I'm a realist, I understand the social cost of prohibition, FAR outweighs the cost of legalization, regulation, and taxation. I also trust an herb that grows naturally in nature a lot more than the manufactured chemicals doctors are pushing on people today.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Reeno

    The only war on drugs there is is just the US fighting anyone else that gets in their way of their drugs.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  48. paul

    They could grow chamelline to sell to the navys bio fuel planes , at $75USD per gallon , drugs can not compete, with this new crop,

    April 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  49. bailoutsos

    Great. Take the stuff and sell it to pay for the war.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Fred

    You got nothing kiddo. It's time to stop trying. You're just making yourself look like a bigger fool than you do already.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Eric

    Might that be the same opium we've been trafficking out of there for the last 5 decades?

    April 28, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Fred

    Oh wow, now you moved on to physical threats over the internet. You sir, are a true winner. I believe the proper term is "paper tiger". Online you're tough as nails and can whip anyone. Good thing you'll never have to back that up huh? I even got the age dead on didn't I? You're still a boy yet, long way to go before you're a man.

    As for your last comment, shows how lost you truly are. Now you're just grasping a straws. Middle-schoolers get so testy these days.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Fred

    Here's the thing Kyle. Your whole argument has consisted of grade school name calling. No facts, no statistics, not even any discussion, nope, just name calling. You've lost this argument son, go to bed. You have school tomorrow.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  54. muffdive

    Very simple!! Force all opium growers to sell resin to Afgan gov't for regulated set prize without exception!!! Force Afgan gov't by % of sale or gift without exception!! For example 50% gift to Karzai!!! 30% sale to foreign soldiers and 20% to world dope heads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Fred

    Pegged it didn't I. You're what, 13? Mentally anyway. You can call names over the internet, I bet your mother is so proud. Pathetic kid.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Fred

    At least Kyle admitted he's an idiot. I'd be amazed if he's over 17 years old. If he actually is, not only is in an idiot, but a simpleton as well. Prohibition DOES NOT work Kyle. Understand this, we found out with alcohol in the '20's. The only people who like prohibition are the bureaucrats who are wasting taxpayer dollars, and the cartels and drug lords that make the profit. Oh, and Kyle.

    \Call me a stoner Kyle, go ahead. I'd much rather be a stoner than an idiot. Plus, being a stoner puts me in good company, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew it in their back yards. Oh, and the Declaration of Independence? It's written on paper made from hemp.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Frank

    I want to clarify my original statement. In my original statement I said that the soldiers were guarding their fields when in fact they might have been protecting Geraldo. Either way, shouldn't they burn the fields when they are encountered or is it another agencies policy. It makes no sense to me to stop a truck carrying the stuff and ignore the huge fields and the farmers tending them. The main point I was trying to make is that in order to stop the flow of money to these terrorists you have to stop prohibition. Prohibition breeds crime and violence. Period. History taught us that with alcohol. Prohibition created Al Capone, not the other way around.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Kyle

    Okay, bob. I'm an idiot but you're a dumber one for being a stoner.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  59. isntitgreat

    I thought it was against the muslim koran to have drugs, alcohol or other unholy substances in their possession. Maybe they can have it and not use it or maybe their religious beliefs can be directed as needed.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  60. bob

    Kyle, you're a moron. Know your history. The CIA sold drugs for years through air america to support illegal black operations in Laos and Cambodia during vietnam. Try reading a book you idiot.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  61. chip

    How corrupt is the DEA

    April 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Apparatus


    April 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Joe

    Why is this not on the News tonight?

    April 28, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Kyle

    Only stoners think the CIA sells illegal drugs.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Apparatus

    @FT: Two tons? You think that's a lot? That isn't even a drop in the bucket. According to a recent (April 21, 2010) report by Global Research out of Quebec, Canada, Afghanistan produced over eight THOUSAND tons of opium in 2007, and that number has only risen in recent years, which means that in 2008 and 2009 it was probably even higher than that. Two tons is a pathetic, piddly amount that won't make the tiniest scratch in the drug trade anywhere. I'm sure that this stuff will end up getting shipped to Thailand by the CIA to be processed into heroin, and then shipped to the US and sold on the streets by the CIA, because hey, that's what they do.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Curt99

    As long as we allow the CIA to bring drugs into the US to finance its covert terrorism, the drug provlem wont go away.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  67. FT

    two tones wow...this time I am happy to hear afghan police did their job,

    April 28, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  68. truthsayer

    im an independent that understands the world as a whole there fore i read i suggest everyone that can....does. it will help you see the world as it is and not sound like a person that only want s to argue with no substance in his words just hate. education can end confusion which will help with those negative feelings that are blasted on this blog. its really sad

    April 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Kyle

    @ crusader13: I'm neither one, so shut up.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  70. crusader13

    either your a stoner yourself and get a kick out of raising the blood pressure of all these old fogies by antagonizing them, or your a dirty cop who beats his wife and skims of the top on seized drug deals. sounds like your a dirty cop with a stick up your a$$.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Apparatus

    @RugbyMagnus: Nobody is advocating giving drugs to children. If they're of age (21, in my opinion), then go for it, but not a single person here is saying we should give drugs to kids. However, we already do. Ever heard of dextroamphetamine, amphetamine and/or methylphenidate? That would be Adderall (the first two together) and Ritalin, so we're already pumping our kids full of highly addictive and toxic drugs.

    But really, the next time someone says "I'm gonna give my kid heroin!" then come back here, but until then, which will likely be never, don't pose red herrings in an attempt to make your argument look better – it just makes it look worse.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  72. American X

    Prohibition is a failed Policy! The drug War is a waste of Billions of Dollars every year for not benefit. There is nothing positive that comes out of a Drug War. The only people getting rich off the drug war are the Drug Dealers/ Cartels and Politicians. If drugs weren't illegal there would be no black market – no money for gangs – no crime to rob or steal for drugs etc.. We have 5% of the worlds population yet we have 25% of the worlds prison population. Many of these prisoners are locked up for petty non violent small drug crimes. The Govt. wants you to take Valium and Xanax not weed or speed. We are making Cartel leaders Billionaires because drugs are illegal – all the while we have not stopped of stemmed the spread or flow of drugs into this country. The population of drug addicts has remained consistent of about 3% of the population despite spending 60 billion a year to stop drugs. We are not stopping anything – we are simply creating black market that fuels gangs with illegal tax free dollars and provides jobs for Cops- Judges and Prison Guards. Did you know that the Prison Guard Union is the Biggest Union in the State fo CA. Americas most populous state, Did you know that Marijuana is the number one crop in CA – Grapes are #2 – Did you know that Private Prisons are traded as public companies on Wall Street and they make money by locking people up and keeping drugs illegal. Every year we flush 60 Billion + dollars down the drain and it has no positive impact on stemming the flow of illegal drugs or eliminating its use. Just because something is leagl does not mean that everyone will start doing it. Valium is a legal drug – but I don't take Valium. Xanax is a legal drug but i don’t take Xanax – Guns are legal – but I don't own a gun. Prostitution is legal in NV – but I don't go there and buy whores. People need to wake up to the facts that everyone who wants to do drugs already does.. and wether or not drugs are legal or not is not going to make a difference if your children take them. Alcohol is legal – do you give your kids alcohol>? We need education and prevention. Harm reduction model. if more money was spent on taxation – regulation – education and prevention we would reduce crime and drug use significantly. Did you know that 75% of all Gang money comes form illegal drug sales? we are making Drug Dealers rich and Gang Members powerful by keeping drugs illegal. Did you knwo that it is easier for 16 yr old to buy weed than it is alcohol. If sdrugs were regulated we could tax and control it better. Lord know something has to be better than what we have been doing. The drug war is a war against people. How can you have a war against plants. All the drug war does is fund terrorism and create jobs for gang members – cops and politicians. Check out LEAP – Law Enforcement Against Prohibition – Founded on March 16, 2002, LEAP is made up of current and former members of law enforcement who believe the existing drug policies have failed in their intended goals of addressing the problems of crime, drug abuse, addiction, juvenile drug use, stopping the flow of illegal drugs into this country and the internal sale and use of illegal drugs. By fighting a war on drugs the government has increased the problems of society and made them far worse. A system of regulation rather than prohibition is a less harmful, more ethical and a more effective public policy.

    The mission of LEAP is to reduce the multitude of unintended harmful consequences resulting from fighting the war on drugs and to lessen the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction by ultimately ending drug prohibition.

    LEAP's goals are:

    1.To educate the public, the media, and policy makers, to the failure of current drug policy by presenting a true picture of the history, causes and effects of drug abuse and the crimes related to drug prohibition and
    2.To restore the public's respect for law enforcement, which has been greatly diminished by its involvement in imposing drug prohibition.

    LEAP's main strategy for accomplishing these goals is to create a constantly enlarging speakers bureau staffed with knowledgeable and articulate former drug-warriors who describe the impact of current drug policies on: police/community relations; the safety of law enforcement officers and suspects; police corruption and misconduct; and the financial and human costs associated with current drug policies.

    After nearly four decades of fueling the U.S. policy of a war on drugs with over a trillion tax dollars and 37 million arrests for nonviolent drug offenses, our confined population has quadrupled making building prisons the fastest growing industry in the United States. More than 2.2 million of our citizens are currently incarcerated and every year we arrest an additional 1.9 million more guaranteeing those prisons will be bursting at their seams. Every year we choose to continue this war will cost U.S. taxpayers another 69 billion dollars. Despite all the lives we have destroyed and all the money so ill spent, today illicit drugs are cheaper, more potent, and far easier to get than they were 35 years ago at the beginning of the war on drugs. Meanwhile, people continue dying in our streets while drug barons and terrorists continue to grow richer than ever before. We would suggest that this scenario must be the very definition of a failed public policy. This madness must cease!

    The stated goals of current U.S.drug policy - reducing crime, drug addiction, and juvenile drug use - have not been achieved, even after nearly four decades of a policy of "war on drugs". This policy, fueled by over a trillion of our tax dollars has had little or no effect on the levels of drug addiction among our fellow citizens, but has instead resulted in a tremendous increase in crime and in the numbers of Americans in our prisons and jails. With 4.6% of the world's population, America today has 22.5% of the worlds prisoners. But, after all that time, after all the destroyed lives and after all the wasted resources, prohibited drugs today are cheaper, stronger, and easier to get than they were thirty-five years ago at the beginning of the so-called "war on drugs". With this in mind, we current and former members of law enforcement have created a drug-policy reform movement - LEAP. We believe that to save lives and lower the rates of disease, crime and addiction. as well as to conserve tax dollars, we must end drug prohibition. LEAP believes that a system of regulation and control of production and distribution will be far more effective and ethical than one of prohibition. We do this in hopes that we in Law Enforcement can regain the public's respect and trust, which have been greatly diminished by our involvement in imposing drug prohibition. Please consider joining us. You don't have to be a cop to join LEAP! Find out more about us by reading some of the articles in our Publications section or by watching and listening to some of our multimedia clips,. You can also read about the men and women who speak for LEAP, and see what we have on the calendar for the near future.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Matt dl

    Exactly who or what were our soldiers guarding this field against? They weren't guarding anything. They just had better things to do than burn down a poppy field. The war in Afghanistan isn't a drug war, it's a counter-insurgency. While we have people there responsible for tackling the poppies, but it isn't the infantry.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  74. truthsayer

    we need to push the envelope for new industries and hemp can pull our nation out of debt by creating as little as 17 billion taxable dollars a year in the cannibis industry. thats more than multiple industries combined and the ability to create new jobs is what the american people need. at least give it a try. check out 1937 tax act that denies farmers the ability to grow hemp .canada does and they ship there products here which we loose out from lost revenue. land of the free we consume hemp products but yet cannot feed our families due to tax laws made in the 30s. with the creation of these industries we can come together as a nation and largest consumer of poppy in the world and end our dependence while stimulating our economy. proof is in the numbers

    April 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Smith in Oregon

    It appears the Bush Family values in business moved from its horrific known practices in South America over to setup and expand the fledgling drug trafficking business in Afghanistan. The obstacle was the Taliban who expressly forbid and harshly dealt punishment out to the Karzai Clan who appear to be the major players in collecting and exporting Opium-Heroin out of Afghanistan. The Karzai Clan was handpicked by the CIA and Opium Poppy cultivation and output literally exploded during Bush-Cheney's administration across the entire Afghanistan region.

    The Soldiers in Afghanistan who guard the Poppy Fields and are told by the CIA 'hands off the Opium Poppy fields' are not to blame, they are simply doing their job. Without a doubt a great deal of the untraceable money directly coming from the immense Opium-Heroin business in Afghanistan ends up funding various CIA nefarious projects around the world.

    I have long suspected that Manual Noreiga knew full well about the Bush Family values and their involvement with many of the nefarious activity's across South American including the extensive Cocaine trafficking AND skirted several US and International Laws to swoop down and lock him up in solitary for 20 years to prevent him from publicly revealing how extensive and nefarious the Bush Family values and business's are.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Kyle

    nixliberals, for a conservative you sure sound like a lib. I bet you do drugs, too.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  77. truthsayer

    for all various uses poppy is a cash crop but less usefull than hemp with gov backed patent search online for uses as antiinflammatory drug and with a record of no deaths in 5000 years lets concentrate on ending prohibition for the right reasons and develope medication with a trac record while paving roads to our future with plastics to nutrition to medication that will combat the poppy war. more uses. do your research before you respond it will open your eyes

    April 28, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  78. RugbyMagnus

    All you legalization of drug fans, I invite you give your kids a taste of herion for a week. Please report back in 7 days and let us know if you and your kid's lives have improved. Next week we shall try Meth and see how the dental work holds up. Then, lets talk about how teenage prostitutes end up where they are "earning" for the game. See how you feel when it is your son or daughter on the corner at 1:00 a.m. doing $20 favors! Take another bong hit and go back to your cartoons, damned couch potato liberals!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  79. nixliberals

    Kyle, you must be one of the narco cops on the gov't payroll to supposedly eradicate drugs of all kinds, except prescription drugs. Everyone else has long figured out that this "war on drugs" is nothing but an excuse to spend 2 billion dollars a year, completely squandered. If you want to make a positive change let it be the layoff of thousands of cops and spend this money on the social agenda Obama is setting up, unfunded. You will not stop free people from indulging in almost any activity, even illegal ones. I am a conservative, but smart enough to know when we are wasting money. Give it up and tax the shit out of these items. Better to tax the users than EVERYONE else to pay for the liberal agenda.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Larry Scott

    Contact the CIA. I am sure they can sell it and pocket the $$, just like usual. How do you think they and NASA are financing their bunkers? They cannot steal directly from the taxpayers as easily as the power elite, and those bunkers, 20 years of food, medical supplies, etc. are expensive.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Artie

    Kyle – chill man. Light one up and relax. You rant like a moron muslim terrorist. You turn a comment forum into a hate debate. 'lawyer2010' said it correctly – we don't have ANY control over taxation in Afghanistan – much as we have no control over the corrupt politics of that fool Karzai. A change of government over there would help for starters. Next, more trust of the locals in all the coalition forces' plans to help better their lives would help. Please offer constructive comments or stay off the line.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Bob

    kyle apparatus stop fighting over an news article

    April 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Joe

    Why in the world you all taking the sh&* away from them. The more they have, the more they'll smoke and get high, and the more get killed not knowing what hit them, and the more of them come back for some more and get kill over it.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Apparatus

    @Kyle: Haha. You're a funny guy, you. Keep it up, I'm rather enjoying this.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Kyle

    @ joe: You want the lies to stop? Here's how: Don't talk.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  86. joe

    Drug war is such a sham. Stop the lies.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Frank

    This is not about illegal vs legal, this is about the violence associated with prohibition in general. Prohibition is what drives crime and violence. There can be no substantive crop that the Afghans can grow that will give them the income to survive. For further argument when the Taliban had control there was no opium poppy production. In addition the majority of poppies that are produced legally are shipped to drug manufacturers like Pfizer who make "medicine" out of them. In the end these terrorists must be stopped and the best way to take their money out of the equation is to end prohibition.

    To Kyle, next time you intend to use the "druggie" argument make sure your not using alcohol, tobacco, coffee or aspirin.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Apparatus

    @Kyle: Just another ignorant, bigoted fool who needs to stop running his mouth.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Sweet Big Daddy Liscious

    I like Godfathers Pizza!

    April 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Kyle

    @ Apparatus: Just another stoner who needs to stop running his mouth.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Jo Blo

    Confiscation will only delay the distribution. The cops will divide the spoils with Karzai's brother. Legalization is irrelevant.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Apparatus

    @Kyle: The drug cartels want us to continue prohibition. You want us to continue prohibition. Therefore, you belong to one of the cartels.

    You really truly are an idiot though, Kyle, that's for certain. But good way to use a totally incorrect sweeping generalization, you've really bought into all the propaganda!

    April 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  93. lawyer2010

    you morons we dont have any control to tax drugs in afganistan.so taxing drugs in america would not help. The heroin" ends up in europe.taliban are muslum drug dealers.and if they kill you.they get 72 virgins.and the moron muslums belive that BS.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Matt

    Kyle is an idiot. If you say prostition should be legalized you must be a whore monger? Fool.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Aaron

    Well said Frank! Legalize everything, bankrupt the terrorists and gangs, and earn some revenue for the states. Not to mention the freedom that we are supposed to have will be closer to a reality. Victimless crimes shouldn't be crimes in the first place, protect peoples property, protect peoples liberties, free up some space in prison for the real criminals instead of minor drug offenders.

    Wake up America! This is supposed to be the land of the free.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Alpha dog

    I agree with the good Colonel,they need to learn to grow different crops,these drugs sales indirectly benefit terrorist organizations,but for the farmers of Afghanistan,its a neccesary evil because its their only real source of income. However,if they could grow crops that were still profitable or learned subsitance farming,then it would greatly help the U.S. cause in Afghanistan. Legalizing drugs,however,is not the answer. What do you think is gonna happen if they legalize it and tax it? There's gonna be more drug trafficking! It'll just be for a different reason,not because its illegal,but because of tax evasion. As is people can by drugs and not get caught,legalize it and people really won't even worry about getting caught too much because the police won't have any real legal right to stop you.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Col Gregory Breazile, USMC

    We do need to help them grow something more usefull like crops that can feed their people. Most of the Afghans involved in the growing of these crops do it under pressure of drug lords. There is no way we will legalize hard drugs and therefore we need to protect the people from these unsavory people. The Taliban are really a bunch of thugs that fight not for religious conviction but for money and power. It's a good thing that the Afghan Border Police are doing their job. I am currently serving with the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (www.ntm-a.com) and we oversee Army and Police training. I am proud of those Afghan Border Police!

    Semper Fi,

    April 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Terry W. Brookman

    Send some this way!

    April 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Chavista

    My sentiments exactly Frank! This drug war is insane and its time to legalize, regulate and tax all drugs. This would help out greatly to combat crime and the cartels reach inside the USA. The funds made from taxes could go to help balance the state budget or improve our public education system. It does not surprise me to see US soldiers guarding poppy fields, remember in the 1980s when the CIA trafficked Cocaine from Nicaragua and El Salvador to USA and the money they made went to finance right wing extremist paramilitary groups allied to USA(CONTRAS in Nicaragua & other groups in El Salvador) which killed more than 30, 000 Nicaraguan CIVILIANS and more than 70, 000 Salvadorian CIVILIANS.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Frank

    Might it be the same one that Geraldo from Fox was standing in front of while talking to the farmers of opium. You remember the picture, the one with OUR soldiers guarding their poppy fields in the background. This drug war is INSANE! It's time to end prohibition in general.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
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