31 Oct '13, 2am

UNODC chief says Afghan opium trade continues to grow

UNODC chief says Afghan opium trade continues to grow

Related Options limited for broke, addled and hopeless on Afghanistan’s heroin highway Dahne Kamarkalagh, a colony of drug addicts on the outskirts of Herat, a city in western Afghanistan. Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes Afghanistan-Iran border, a waypoint for illegal drugs. Heath Druzin/Stars and Stripes KABUL — Afghanistan’s lucrative opium poppy cultivation continues to thrive, increasing for the third year in a row, despite government and international efforts at eradication and crop substitution, according to the head of the office that will release an annual report. In addition, poppy cultivation, which has been largely concentrated in the south and west — primarily in areas of greater insecurity — has spread in the north, which had been largely poppy-free, said Yury Fedotov, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime which produced the report. The annua...

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