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Tajikistan at crossroads of the drug trade

For the Detroit Free Press, Mark McDonald reported on 4 May 2004 that Afghan narco-barons had begun stamping their brand names on the 2.2-pound bags of heroin they smuggle out of central Asia to buyers in Moscow, London, New York and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Sacks of high-quality Afghan heroin seized in Tajikistan carried the trademarks Super Power and 555. Some of the sacks, which were hidden inside foil-lined containers of instant cappuccino mix, even included the addresses of the labs in Afghanistan where the heroin had been refined. Drug-control experts say the number of processing facilities in Afghanistan has exploded over the last year, and a Western-led campaign against opium-growing and heroin laboratories has been a wholesale failure. The trade and huge sums of money involved threaten to undermine vulnerable bordering nations, such as Tajikistan. Find the full story here.

Posted by Cynthia on February 28, 2005 at 11:12 AM in Afghanistan, Heroin, Opium, Tajikistan | Permalink

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