Newsbrief: Afghan Warlords Allied to US Growing Rich Off Opium Trade, Says Expert 5/17/02

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Opium and heroin dollars are filling the coffers of regional Afghan warlords allied with the US, long-time drug trafficking investigator Jack Blum told a House panel investigating international corruption last week. "The revenue of poppies is essential for the warlords supporting the United States," Blum told the panel.

The Washington lawyer and international financial crime expert, perhaps best known to drug policy people for his research into the Contra-cocaine connection in the 1980s, laid a heavy load of reality on his congressional audience, telling them any Afghan government would be hard-pressed to provide for its people and support the "war on terrorism" without relying on opium and heroin revenues.

"It's a terrible, terrible dilemma, because it is the only source of revenue the state has," said Blum. "It's possibly one of the most complicated, atrocious problems any one could understand." And as for chasing drug traffickers out of the country, said Blum, fat chance. "The problem of corruption surrounding drugs on that route is absolutely astonishing. I have no faith that any agreement to chase or not to chase would make any difference."

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