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The Persian Gulf harbors an array of extremely compromising secrets. Near the top is the Afghan heroin ratline – with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) positioned as the golden node of a transnational, trillion dollar heroin money laundering operation.

In this 21st century Opium War, crops harvested in Afghanistan are essentially feeding the heroin market not only in Russia and Iran but especially in the US. Up to 93% of the world’s opium comes from Afghanistan.

Contrary to predominant Western perception, this is not an Afghan Taliban operation. The key questions — never asked by Atlanticist circles — are who buys the opium harvests; refines them into heroin; controls the export routes; and then sell them for humongous profit compared to what the Taliban have locally imposed in taxes.



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‘Police plan to fund “shooting galleries” where heroin addicts are given a free supply of the Class A drug in a bid to cut substance-related crime.

Durham Constabulary is the first force in the country to set aside money to fund drugs in the hope that it stops users from stealing to pay for their addiction. The force has asked public health experts to provide an “options paper” that will suggest different ways the scheme could work.

Chief Constable Mike Barton told the Mail on Sunday that, under the plan, addicts would be able to inject themselves twice a day in supervised shooting galleries, also known as fix rooms.

Addiction is “a medical problem, not a criminal justice problem,” Barton says. He believes the police’s main priority is to prevent crime, not to help people get over their drug addiction.’

Read more: UK police to hand out free heroin to addicts

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‘Here we go again. In yet another Pentagon precision strike, a residential building in Achin district of Nangarhar province was hit as a crowd welcomed home a tribal leader returning from the Hajj.

At least 13 civilians were turned into “collateral damage”. The Pentagon of course does not discuss the details of counter-terror operations, but it’s currently reviewing all materials related to this strike.

Nothing obviously will come out of it – adding the civilian dead to the non-stop mounting toll of Operation Enduring Freedom (Forever).’

Read more: US Empire’s Interest in Afghanistan – It’s the Heroin, Stupid

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‘In October 2015, residents of New Hampshire ranked drug abuse as the most important issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. They ranked it as more important than jobs and the economy.

Politicians are listening and this has become a topic in the 2016 elections. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (one of the hardest hit states) has stated that addiction is “a disease, not a criminal activity” and called for a radical change in our country’s approach to the epidemic. Hillary Clinton has pledged to spend $10 billion to combat drug addiction, with much of it focused on federal-state partnerships for treatment programs.

On the Republican side, Jeb Bush has released a comprehensive drug policy plan and he and the other candidates have made a compassionate approach towards addiction a part of their rhetoric.’

Read more: Bottomless Big Pharma Greed Drives Heroin and Opiate Addiction Across America
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An Iranian anti-narcotics policeman stands guard beside a display of confiscated drugs during a ceremony concluding anti-narcotics manoeuvres in Zahedan

‘Afghan opium is being processed into high-grade heroin in clandestine Turkish drug labs for distribution in Europe and Russia, Russia’s anti-drug chief has revealed. The trafficking route was exposed after a joint Russian-Afghan anti-drug operation.

“The cargo traveled through Badakhshan-Doshi-Bamiyan-Herat, then further through Iran and into Turkey, where the opium was processed in well-equipped laboratories…into high quality heroin, and then was to be sent to Europe and Russia,” Ivanov said during an anti-narcotics committee meeting.’

Read more: Turkish labs turn Afghan opium into heroin for shipping to Europe – Russian anti-drug agency

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People who turn in their drugs to the Gloucester Police Department and ask for help won’t be arrested, they’ll be rehabilitated.

Additionally, the department will start using money seized from drug dealers to provide addicts’ families and pharmacies with Narcan free of charge. The life-saving drug, if administered at the scene, can reverse an overdose.

Chief Leonard Campanello announced over the weekend that any “addict” who walks into their department with drugs and paraphernalia will not be criminally charged.Matters-MN-charity-food-boxes-FB

“We will assign them an ‘angel’ who will be their guide through the process. Not in hours or days, but on the spot,” Campanello told Massachusetts Live. “I’ve never arrested a tobacco addict, nor have I ever seen one turned down for help when they develop lung cancer, whether or not they have insurance. The reasons for the difference in care between a tobacco addict and an opiate addict is stigma and money. Petty reasons to lose a life.”

more: http://refreshingnews99.blogspot.com/2015/05/cops-decide-heroin-addicts-will-be.html

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AFP Photo / Spencer Platt

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As increased heroin use within the United States comes into sharper view, New York City has emerged as one of the country’s largest distribution hubs, with more of the drug passing through it than at any time in the last 23 years.

According to a report by the New York Times, law enforcement has already confiscated 217 pounds of heroin throughout New York City in 2014, up sharply from 139 pounds over the same time frame last year.

Considering the fact that 786 pounds total were seized in 2013 – the largest number in about five years – police are already on track to blow past last year’s figures. Since October, 35 percent of all the heroin collected by the Drug Enforcement Administration across the US has been in New York state.

On Staten Island, where the city’s overdose rates are the highest, the amount of heroin removed off the street has jumped 61 percent compared to last year.

“It’s cheap, it’s potent and there’s a user demand here right now and they’re flooding the market,” the DEA’s James J. Hunt said to the Times. “In my time, we’ve never seen the amount of large heroin seizures like this.”

As detectives and special narcotics officers investigate the situation, they’ve also begun discovering sophisticated distribution networks that stretch all the way back to Mexico. With a population of more than 8 million people, New York City offers a large potential pool of buyers, but it also allows for convenient transportation to other markets in the Northeast.

“We’re kind of the head of the Hydra,” special narcotics prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan told the Times. “This is highly organized, high volume, and it’s being moved much more efficiently and effectively to reach out to a broader user base.”

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These revelations came just one day after federal agents and New York Police Department officers arrested what they believe to be two major suppliers who were distributing heroin out of New York and into nearby states such as Connecticut. Approximately 53 pounds of heroin worth $11 million were confiscated, as well as $85,000 in cash, assault rifles, and 20 pounds of cocaine – the biggest NYC drug bust this year.

“These seizures and arrests demonstrate that NYC is ground zero of heroin distribution networks supplying the Northeast, as well as being the prime market Mexican drug traffickers are using to earn profit from the sale of poison,” DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge James Hunt said to NBC New York.

Heroin use in the US has become an important story ever since the lethal overdose of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s thrust the drug back into the spotlight. Soon after his death, reports of an extremely lethal batch of heroin laced with the painkiller fentanyl began surfacing, and the drug was blamed for dozens of deaths across multiple states on the East Coast.

As RT reported earlier this year, the spike in abuse has become a big enough problem that Attorney General Eric Holder called it an “urgent public health crisis,” pledging to direct the Justice Department to combat overdose and to establish public health initiatives in order to help those in need.

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The major legacy of the West’s war in Afghanistan has been a dramatic rise in production and use of narcotics in the country and across the world, a political activist tells Press TV.

“All we’ve seen to be perfectly candid about it, over the past 13 years is a 40-fold increase in opium cultivation and the explosion of the heroin epidemic in and around Afghanistan,” said Rick Rozoff from Stop NATO International Network in a Monday interview.

The activist noted that the boom in Afghanistan’s narcotics production has affected the lives of millions of people in India, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, and other parts of the world, adding, “This is all I’m afraid the West has to boast of in terms of accomplishment in Afghanistan.”

“The only thing they effectively have done is officiate over an explosion of opium cultivation, the deaths of tens and thousands of Afghans, including thousands of civilians, and the displacement of not only hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Afghans,” Rozoff said.

Narcotics trade flourished in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban, who earned part of their funding through the lucrative drug business.

The United Nations reports, however, indicate that narcotics production and drug smuggling have increased in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

Since 2001, the opium cultivation has increased over 4,400% across Afghanistan. Under the US-led NATO forces, Afghanistan became world’s largest opium producer, accounting for 93% of global opium production.

In 2006, the United Nations estimated that 52% of Afghanistan’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) came entirely from drugs. Despite words from Washington DC about “fighting terrorism” and a “war on drugs,” since the Taliban was overturned in Afghanistan, narcotic drugs, and all the dangers associated with them, are on the rise.

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Was It Afghan Heroin?

American troops protecting Afghan opium

The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman reportedly from a heroin overdose, with a needle in his arm and 50 baggies of junk found in his apartment, is newsworthy only because of his celebrity status. These overdose deaths are occurring regularly these days but usually to the faceless junkies whose numbers seem to be increasing.

In looking at the comments at the articles on Hoffman, there are many who feel no empathy, those who address addiction as a disease and everywhere in between. Some are boosting the call to decriminalize these drugs in combination with therapy as an alternative to the scourge of the war on drugs. What’s generally missing from the debate is are we going to accept the fact that it is elements of our own government and especially the CIA who are involved in the drug trade? That our occupation of Afghanistan has resulted in the largest opium crops ever known. That we built the opium to heroin processing plants there. That bankers launder the money. That there is no war on drugs except against those who don’t collude with the government monopoly.

Individuals are responsible for their own addictions but that does not absolve the dope pushers at the top.

So was it heroin from Afghanistan that Hoffman was using?  Our taxpayer funded occupation dope? Most likely.

Hoffman’s death was tragic but unless we take on the issue of how the Afghanistan ‘war on terror’ became a government sponsored crime syndicate’s war for drug running, his will be only one… with many more to come.

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Now, dear mainstream’s loyal followers, can you imagine yourself as owners and or managers of this $65,000,000,000 a year business? Do you see this massive global business operation run with a few acres, a few cast-iron pots, a dozen or so donkeys, nomad huts as hubs, and tons of cash stashed under your mattresses? I didn’t think so. But your mainstream information providers are telling you exactly that: That the $65 Billion a year global Afghan heroin business is generated, operated and managed secretly by illiterate bearded men using primitive pots and pans, donkeys, nomad tents, and mattresses used as vaults.


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The idea that the drug trade in Afghanistan is enabled and protected by western interests for their own benefit is by no means a new or controversial idea. After all, we are talking about the third most lucrative commodity in the world behind oil and the arms trade. However, the media coverage of this issue involving hundreds of billions of dollars is another story. James Corbett brings to you questions and points not dared to be raised by the media and pseudo alternatives alike.


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As a law enforcement handler deepens his relationship with a snitch, he becomes reliant on the informant and sometimes bends the rules. Handlers may grant informants power over the direction of investigations or personally intervene when a snitch is at risk of jail time for unrelated crimes. One active informant in San Francisco sold AK-47s that killed a cop; others participated in the murder of civil rights workers and worked as professional hit men for years at a time — while under law enforcement supervision. The Department of Justice estimates that 10 percent of the FBI informant pool has engaged in unauthorized crimes, despite government knowledge.


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A bottle of Bayer’s heroin.. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine. It was also used to treat children with strong cough.


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