April 26, 2007 |
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization said it had withdrawn a radio message telling Afghan farmers that its troops would not destroy their opium fields, following complaints that the alliance appeared to condone the illicit crop. The advertisement was paid for by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force and aired on radio stations in Helmand province, the world's largest opium-producing area.
April 23, 1992
Two Glendale men who allegedly received more than a kilo of opium through the mail pleaded not guilty Friday to felony drug charges, including transporting, possessing and conspiracy to sell opium. Armen Djavanpour, 45, and Edward Babaian, 29, were arrested April 15 by local police who watched the men pick up a package of opium from a Glendale apartment and drive to another house where they opened the box, Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael O'Gara said.
March 9, 2006 |
Counter-narcotics agents in Afghanistan began plowing up poppy fields in the world's largest source for the illicit drug industry. The eradication campaign, funded by the U.S. and Britain, comes two days after the Afghan government and the United Nations warned that they expected cultivation of opium poppies to increase this year. Heavily armed police and soldiers guarded the operation, after Taliban rebels threatened to defend the poppy farms.
August 28, 2007 |
kabul, afghanistan -- Afghan opium poppy cultivation exploded to a record high this year, with the multibillion-dollar trade fueled by Taliban militants and corrupt officials in President Hamid Karzai's government, a U.N. report said Monday. Opium grows on 477,000 acres of land in Afghanistan, a 17% increase from last year's 408,000 acres, according to an annual survey by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
April 22, 1985 |
Six Chinese have been executed in the last year for smuggling opium into Yunnan province from the Golden Triangle, where Burma, Laos and northern Thailand meet, according to death posters in the Chinese provincial capital of Kunming. The Peking government contends that it ended drug abuse in China by 1952, but local officials--acknowledging that opium is still used in Yunnan--blamed opium smuggling on outsiders.
October 1, 2001 |
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's office warned that opium grown in Afghanistan is being moved more quickly onto the market since the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. "We believe that Afghan traders are unloading stock onto the market," an official in London said on condition of anonymity. In 2000, Afghanistan produced about 4,000 tons of opium, accounting for about 75% of the world market. Citing Islamic religious principles, the Taliban banned opium in July 2000.