October 29th, 2010
09:20 AM ET

Drug raids net $56m worth of heroin in Afghanistan

U.S. and Russian authorities seized nearly $56 million worth of high-quality heroin in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province this week, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. It was the first time Russia deployed military personnel to work with U.S. troops in Afghanistan.  FULL STORY


Filed under: Daily Developments • Drug trade
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  1. LarryKegel(US Army)

    I wish that everyone would keep Religion out of Politics!!!

    November 3, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ED4

    Let the farmers grow and sell the opium to the Taliban then take out the drug runners and destroy the drugs. A win-win situation. The farmers get the much needed money (Taliban money). The Taliban loses money and the drugs are burned, plus one less drug runner.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We be better off training the Farmers to grow crops that They can sell all over the World and t Their People!!! That way everyone wins...

      November 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • snacula

        Larry, that would be a great idea; however, the price of an acre of poppy is well worth more than just about any other crop could pay the farmers. Wheat and corn are worth about $35 an acre. They just simply don't really have the climate for a crop that pays more than the poppy. One idea may be to legalize marijuana here, grown in Afghanistan by US paid farmers, and could pay them more than what they're making now. Either way, until the snakes head gets removed from the Taliban, they will just wait until we aren't close by, and keep on doing it. They also need to be stopped. I wouldn't really say any war is a war on drugs, it's a war against the people who propagate and promote them for their own benefit. And, a war against evil crooks is a hard one to win. There is power in numbers though. So long as we aren't getting suicide bombed so much in there, and can join forces with other countries along the way, it could be brought down. It's going to be a long road, but it can be done. The people need to want a change for themselves as well. Education and protection are two things that the good folks there could really use right now. ID the farmers, and arm them so they can help protect themselves along the way. OR, find something that can be used to kill the fields– like we do with cropdusting in the states. Make the soil unable to support the growth of the poppy, and then it couldn't be grown for several years. We could pull the troops out, since the soil would no longer work for poppy, but maybe for another crop.

        November 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Just Another Joe: If You stop Them from growing it... You don't have to worry about how They get it through!!!

    November 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LarryKegel(US Army)

    How much more lose do You think They can afford to have??? After We burn Their field They have to find another place to grow Their crap!!! They are running out of Places to do that... Especially if they lose Afghanistan, Pakistan and Mexico!!!

    November 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Just another Joe

    Interesting, but what this report missed was the location which was just three miles from the Pakistani border near the eastern city of Jalalabad and the haul included 345lb of morphine.

    October 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just another Joe

      The head of Russia's drug control agency, Viktor Ivanov said the drug haul was believed to have been destined for Central Asia. How it got there and over which boarder it traveled is neither here or there.

      October 31, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      What are You talking about??? Will You please start making sense already!!! The only time I understand You is when Your talking Religion...

      November 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Change

    Maybe we can pay for healthcare so my kids don't have to?

    October 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rob

    Now if the us government could get its head out of its ass and apply the same to Mexico we might get somethnig accomplished. Oh wait, that would be a good decision, and as we all know the idiots in congress are not capable of that.

    October 29, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Onesmallvoice

    No matter how successful the Russians and the Americans are,heroin along with other major drugs will continue to be quite pervasive in both countries. Another reson to try to justify our presence in Afghanistan. !n 2001 just prior to the US invasion,opium production was at an all time low!!!

    October 29, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Well put,Onesmallvoice. Thank you.

      October 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Rock in Afghanistan

      The reason opium production was low before 2001, was because it was processed outside of Afghanistan. The cultivation of poppy was high back then too. It just means that more revenue remains in Afgh now, due to processing location. It wasn't until late 2006 that heroin production moved back into Afghanistan. Recommend reading all annual and semi-annual UN reports on the subject.

      October 31, 2010 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      If We put the stop in Afghanistan and Mexico... We will solve the Drug Problem of drugs in the World!!!

      November 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    I say sell that heroin to the Saudi's.

    October 29, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      They would just sell it back to the drug sellers around the world!!! The best thing is take it and burn it where all the Arab League is and give Them the idea what it is like smelling Their Crap!!!

      November 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |