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U.S. Treasury Sanctions Members Of Afghan Narcotics Network

Afghan farmers score opium poppies during a harvest in Sistani, Helmand Province.
Afghan farmers score opium poppies during a harvest in Sistani, Helmand Province.
By RFE/RL
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned four members of Afghanistan's Barakzai narcotics trafficking network, prohibiting U.S. citizens from conducting transactions with them and freezing any U.S. assets they may have.

A Treasury statement said Shah Mohammad Barakzai is the head of a drug-trafficking ring based in Gereshk, Afghanistan.

He was arrested last year by Afghan counternarcotics authorities.

Also sanctioned are Haji Baz Mohammad, who Washington says controls opium cultivation and transportation for the network; Abdul "Doctor" Hadi, who allegedly processed opium for the network; and Mohammad Wali, who is said to have served as the network's main financial conduit in Kandahar.

The sanctions also name two exchange houses used by the organization.

Afghanistan remains the world's top supplier of opium despite years of U.S. and international eradication and counternarcotics efforts.
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by: William from: Aragon
June 21, 2012 00:05
"Afghanistan remains the world's top supplier of opium despite years of U.S. and international eradication and counternarcotics efforts." This is because the US generals - just like their Soviet predecessors - are flying the stuff out for their own financial gain. Over 5,000 tons per annum does not get out past 130,000 troops on the backs of donkeys across the mountains at night - the tentacles of the international illegal drug cartels go very deep. Notice how the generals always talk about keeping the war going despite Obama's policy of getting out by 2014.
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by: Hatti from: RI
June 25, 2012 22:04
I agree
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by: William from: Aragon
June 27, 2012 00:30
Hi Hatti, sometimes I worry about who is running the US, or is it simply just a case of the White House not being aware of what is going on under its nose.

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