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December 26, 2017

TEHRAN — Iran is giving a helping hand to Afghanistan in fight against drug trafficking, spokesman for Afghanistan Ministry of Counter Narcotics Mohammad Hanif Daneshyar has said.

Illicit narcotic cultivation, production, trafficking, and consumption flourish in Afghanistan, particularly in areas where instability is high and state institutions are weak or non-existent. About 90 percent of illicit poppy cultivation takes place in these regions.

The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics estimate that 224,000 hectares (ha) of opium were cultivated in Afghanistan in 2014, with a total yield of 6,400 metric tons (MT) of raw opium. This represents a seven percent increase in cultivation and a 17 percent increase in opium production from 2013.

Traffickers provide weapons, funding, and other material support to the insurgency in exchange for the protection of drug trade routes, fields, laboratories, and trafficking organizations. Some insurgent commanders engage directly in drug trafficking to finance their operations. However, drug trafficking is not limited to insurgent-controlled areas and the narcotics trade and undermines governance and rule of law throughout the country.

Afghanistan is deeply involved in every facet of the narcotics production cycle, from cultivation to heroin production to consumption. Drug traffickers trade in all forms of opiates, including unrefined opium, semi-refined morphine base, and refined heroin. The Afghan narcotics trade is highly evolved.

Afghanistan leans heavily on assistance from the international community to implement its national counter narcotics strategy.

Among the neighboring countries as Daneshyar has told Mehr news agency Iran is one of Afghanistan’s main partners in fighting narcotics along with some central Asian countries.

“Afghanistan is not politically in a good condition and other regional countries are more capable to fight drug traffickers,” he highlighted.

Terrorist groups are in close collaboration with drug traffickers in Afghanistan and the government is trying hard to stop them, he noted, regretting, terrorism and drug trafficking are inextricably interwoven in Afghanistan  and the insurgent-controlled areas in the country are best places for drug traffickers.

Terrorist groups are deriving much of their income from the drug trade, he said. As reported by the United Nations the income arise from drug trafficking in Afghanistan amounts to some $70 billion.

Iran has actively collaborated with Afghanistan along the border areas to fight drug gangs and traffickers, he added, stating, that’s why the condition is much better in border areas with Iran.

However, Daneshyar criticized Pakistan for not undertaking real efforts to fight narcotics in Afghanistan.

He further reiterated that regional support can positively benefit Afghanistan in the battle against narcotics.

According to UNDOC the Balkan and northern routes are the main heroin trafficking corridors linking Afghanistan to the huge markets of the Russian Federation and Western Europe. The Balkan route traverses the Islamic Republic of Iran (often via Pakistan), Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria across South-East Europe to the Western European market, with an annual market value of some $20 billion. The northern route runs mainly through Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (or Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan) to Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. The size of that market is estimated to total $13 billion per year.

As per a report published on Politico last week Hezbollah exploded into a major cocaine trafficker for the United States over the past decade—and it happened under former President Barack Obama’s watch to help score a nuclear deal with Iran. The report wrongfully claims that Project Cassandra, a campaign launched by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2008, found that Hezbollah collected $1 billion a year from money laundering, criminal activities, and drug and weapons trade.

Accordingly the report has falsely accused Iran of supporting Hezbollah drug trafficking including cocaine shipments from Latin America to West Africa, as well as through Venezuela and Mexico to the United States.





SHIBERGHAN – La police a arrêté dimanche deux trafiquants de drogue et confisqué 483 kg de pavot à opium à l’extérieur de Shiberghan, capitale de la province de Jawzjan, dans le nord de l’Afghanistan, a annoncé Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani.

C’est une équipe de police en patrouille qui a découvert les pavots à opium lors de la vérification de routine d’un véhicule à Shiberghan dimanche matin.

Ils ont arrêté deux personnes, dont le conducteur.



Afghanistan has long been one of the world’s biggest producers of opium, which is used to make heroin, and the Taliban has made a lucrative business from taxing and providing security to producers and smugglers in the region.

But the militant group has expanded its role in that drug trade considerably, boosting its profits at a time when it is making decisive gains against the Afghan government and its US backers.

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According to a New York Times report, the Taliban has gotten involved in every stage of the drug business. Afghan police and their US advisers find heroin-refining labs with increasingly frequency, but the labs are easy to replace.

The country has produced the majority of the world’s opium for some time, despite billions of dollars spent by the US to fight it during the 16-year-long war there. Afghan and Western officials now say that rather than getting smuggled out of Afghanistan in the form of opium syrup, at least half of the crop is getting processed domestically, before leaving the country as morphine or heroin.





Kaboul – Du pavot à l’héroïne, les talibans contrôlent désormais toute la ligne de production dont ils tirent un bien meilleur profit pour leur trésor de guerre que de l’opium non transformé, accuse un responsable américain.

L’Afghanistan produit 80% de l’opium mondial et rien, à part les aléas météorologiques, n’endigue cette culture lucrative qui générait, pour 200.000 ha et 4.800 tonnes de pavot en 2016, 3 milliards de dollars de revenus en 2016, selon les Nations unies. 

Les talibans avaient banni la culture du pavot en 2001, quand ils dirigeaient l’Afghanistan. Ils en sont revenus et même s’ils s’en défendent, prélèvent des taxes sur les fermiers producteurs et les trafiquants pour financer leur jihad contre le gouvernement afghan.

Pire, pour William Brownfield, responsable depuis 2011 au Département d’Etat américain de la lutte anti-drogue: « Les talibans transforment désormais tout le pavot récolté en morphine et en héroïne » affirme-t-il. « L’opium récolté est transformé ici, dans le pays« , martelait-il en juillet à Kaboul. « Ils perçoivent ainsi bien plus d’argent s’ils transforment l’opium avant qu’il ne quitte le pays« .

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4 men held with 296kg of narcotics in Nangarhar

Police have arrested four drug smugglers and recovered 296 kilograms of narcotics from their possession in two separate incidents in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Tuesday.

Police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal told reporters here that 251kg of hashish had been skillfully placed in a corolla vehicle en route to Torkham border town from Khogyani district. The vehicle was seized in Jalalabad city.

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Iran has seized more than 16 tons of various types of illicit drugs in the southern province of Hormozgan, the provincial police chief announced on Wednesday, according to Tasnim news agency. 

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«J’ai vu de mes propres yeux des haut gradés de la police afghane travailler avec les trafiquants de drogue dans le sud. C’est un business qui rapporte des milliards et des milliards de dollars, qui finissent dans les poches des taliban et des responsables afghans», explique l’analyste politique Hekmarullah Azami.

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سردار رحیمیTEHRAN

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, General Hossein Rahimi said in an operation mounted early on Wednesday morning, the law enforcement forces managed to kill Khodabakhsh Balouch, a notorious outlaw who was behind the deaths of several polices officers in the province.

He further highlighted two other operations in the cities of Iranshahr and Saravan in Sistan and Balouchestan over the past 24 hours and said two major drug rings were smashed in the operations.

The commander added that seven members of the drug rings were arrested and four tons of illicit drugs and some weapons and ammunition were also seized from the smugglers.

Police and security forces have been quite successful in ensuring security in the province despite its long borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan, harsh weather and vast desert areas.

Iran, which has a 900-kilometer common border with Afghanistan, has been used as the main conduit for smuggling Afghan drugs to narcotics kingpins in Europe.

Despite high economic and human costs, the Islamic Republic has been actively fighting drug-trafficking over the past three decades.

The country has spent more than $700 million on sealing its borders and preventing the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries.

The war on drug trade originating from Afghanistan has claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Iranian police officers over the past four decades.



« Such a substantial seizure of drugs will deal a significant blow to the international narcotics trade which is known to provide funding for terrorist organisations,” said HMS Monmouth’s Commanding Officer Ian Feasey.

Lieutenant Alison Ross, one of HMS Monmouth’s boarding officers, said: « After such a long search I had doubts we would find anything, but the reactions of the crew to our activity in certain areas was enough to convince us that there was illegal cargo.

The contrabands, which were hidden in the freezer of a fishing ship, were later destroyed by the British soldiers.

The suspicious dhow was intercepted by two teams of the British war ship in the Indian Ocean in an area not normally known for fishing.

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PASNI (Dunya News) – Pakistan Coast Guards conducted an operation in Pasni, Blochistan on Monday and seized 2600 kilograms of narcotics from a truck, Dunya News reported.

According to details, Pakistan Coast Guards on intelligence reports conducted an operation near Badook Check Post in Pasni and recovered 2600 kilograms of hashish from the secrete chambers of a truck. At least two accused were also arrested.

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La contraventionalisation du cannabis proposée par Gérard Collomb ne résoudra aucun des problèmes cruciaux causés par la prohibition. Voilà pourquoi.

Par Edouard H.

Dans son interview pour RMC – BFM TV, Gérard Collomb a souligné à juste titre que « on voit de plus en plus qu’il y a une articulation très forte entre trafic de stupéfiants, trafics divers d’ailleurs et terrorisme », alors que le passage à des amendes pour sanctionner l’usage ne résoudra strictement rien par rapport à tous les financements que permettent les trafics.

En effet, en préservant toute la forte criminalisation du côté de l’offre de cannabis, le marché noir continuera de prospérer. Toute la violence associée à ces marchés noirs perdurera, et les forces de police et justice continueront d’être monopolisés pour cette guerre sans fin qui a amplement montré son échec total.

La persécution des personnes faisant usage du cannabis pour des visées médicales continuera. Les produits continueront à être peu sûrs, mettant en danger la santé des consommateurs. Les associations qui font des efforts de prévention et de réduction des risques continueront d’être harcelées par la police et la justice alors que leur rôle est essentiel pour la santé publique.

Face à ce sombre constat, une seule solution s’offre à Gérard Collomb s’il souhaite mettre un terme à toutes les conséquences délétères des trafics du marché noir tout en promouvant courageusement les libertés individuelles : la légalisation complète des drogues. À travers le monde on se dirige progressivement vers cette solution indispensable… À quand la France ?

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Les premiers Marines américains sont de retour dans le Helmand, province du sud de l’Afghanistan en partie dominée par les talibans, qu’ils avaient évacuée en 2014 sans avoir réussi à contrer l’insurrection. 

Le Helmand, frontalier du Pakistan, fut un cimetière pour les contingents britanniques et américains qui y ont perdu des centaines d’hommes par le passé. C’est aussi la province du pavot d’où les talibans, qui menacent directement la capitale provinciale Lashkar-Gah, tirent l’essentiel de leurs revenus par le biais de taxes prélevées sur les fermiers. 


La route du Nord, l’une des voies les plus empruntées par les trafiquants de drogue passe par les républiques d’Asie centrale, y compris le Kirghizstan.

Selon les services anti-drogue, environ 75 tonnes de stupéfiants durs, comme le haschisch et l’héroïne, transitent tous les ans par cette route qui relie l’Afghanistan à la Russie et à l’Europe.