The Taliban is not desperate to get foreign funding going-- thanks to the unofficial revenue sources.
Drug overdoses soared due to the long cycle of pandemic-induced isolation, killing 93,331 Americans in 2020.
In addition to more widespread availability and higher purity, the pandemic has pushed the narcotics trade to become more creative in its distribution.
A large meth industry has rapidly emerged that could eventually rival the country’s massive opium trade, adding yet another dimension to Afghanistan’s spiralling drug crisis.
About 540 kg of cocaine is the largest single seizure of the drug in Turkey's history, Turkish officials say.
Data from 2015 showed that Afghanistan already had around three million drug addicts - a huge part of its 37 million strong population.
One Woman Takes on Drug Addiction in Afghanistan
Turkish security forces say one suspect is also arrested during the operation.
As Afghanistan suffers ever-growing levels of drug addiction, figures show more women being dragged into the spiral of addiction, often introduced to narcotics by their male partners or relatives.
Prosecutors say Guzman amassed a $14 billion fortune by bribery, murder and smuggling drugs, while his former associates say the drug lord paid millions of dollars in bribes to Mexican officials.
Joaquín Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo, will be standing trial in New York under high security. And a total of 27 people have so far been dismissed as potential jurors, out of nearly 60 who have been questioned.
UN annual report on drugs finds opioids pose global threat as new technologies enable easier spread.
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