Narco-traffickers defied Covid-19 and now look set to reach new heights, as the stars are aligning for a further expansion of their trade.
While the Taliban insisted they would ban narcotic production, major seizures in the region indicate the trade hasn’t missed a beat.
Most of the group’s funds are drawn from opium production, mining, foreign donations and taxes on exports. Will that be enough to help it govern?
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.
It's not opium farming but cooking meth that the district of Ghoryan quickly earned a reputation for, with traffickers buying the drug from locals at phenomenally low prices.
The western Mexican state of Guerrero is one of the most prolific producers of opium in the world.
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