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. 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 |
  8. 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 |
  9. 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 |
    • 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 |